The Guillermo del Toro-Produced DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK Lands January 21, 2011 Release Date

     June 28, 2010

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the upcoming thriller produced by Guillermo Del Toro, has been given a January 21, 2011 release date. The film is a remake of the 1973 television movie that aired on ABC. The 2011 update is directed by Troy Nixey whose only previous directorial credit is the 2007 short film Latchkey’s Lament. The film is set to star Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison. [Matt’s note: boss/good-guy Nick Nunziata is an associate producer on the flick]

The film centers around a young girl (Madison) who is sent to live with her father (Pearce) and his girlfriend (Holmes) in the old mansion they are renovating. Here, the young girl unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures bent on destroying all of them.  Hit the jump for a link to Nixey’s short film and the trailer for the 1973 TV movie. Also, make sure to check out Steve’s recent interview with del Toro. [Release date via Heat Vision]

Here’s a link to Nixey’s short which got Del Toro’s attention:

And here’s the original film’s trailer:

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