According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guillermo del Toro is adding another project to his busy schedule. According to the paper, the creative director will write and produce a remake of the 1973 ABC telefilm Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Miramax has hired comic book artist and writer Troy Nixey to make his feature debut with the new project. He previously directed the fantasy short film Latchkey’s Lament.
The original film was helmed by John Newland, who also directed The Spy with My Face, along with other TV films like Crawlspace, The Deadly Hunt, and episodes of numerous TV shows including Hawaii Five-O, The Survivors, Star Trek, The Man Who Never Was. It starred Kim Darby as a neurotic housewife who sees horrifying little creatures, but no one believes here, including her husband (who was played by Jim Hutton). The original film also starred Barbara Anderson, William Demarest, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Lesley Woods, Robert Cleaves, Sterling Swanson, Joel Lawrence and William Sylvester.