Pearce, Madison Board Afraid of the Dark Redo

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Guy Pearce is in final negotiations and Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia) is set to star with Katie Holmes in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Miramax’s supernatural thriller being directed by veteran comic book artist Troy Nixey (“Grendel,” “Jenny Finn”), says The Hollywood Reporter. Guillermo Del Toro is producing with Mark Johnson.

The movie is based on a 1973 ABC telefilm about a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with demonic creatures.

Madison will play the girl, who discovers the creatures and is fascinated by them — until they prove dangerous. Pearce will play the father, an author frustrated by his daughter’s tales of monsters, not believing her even when his girlfriend (Holmes) backs her.

Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the script. The movie is set to begin production next month in Melbourne, Australia.