Guy Pearce Is “Afraid of the Dark”

Guy Pearce is in final negotiations to join the supernatural thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” for Miramax Films says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on a 1973 ABC telefilm, the new film’s story deals with a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend and discovers they are sharing the house with demonic creatures.

Bailee Madison (“Bridge to Terabithia”) is set to star as the girl. Pearce will play the father, an author frustrated by his daughter’s tales of monsters, not believing her even when his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) backs her.

Troy Nixey helms the project which Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins penned. Shooting kicks off next month in Melbourne, Australia.