Katie Holmes continues to push her film comeback with a big budget remake of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the 1973 ABC made-for-television horror film. Matthew Robbins and Guillermo del Toro are behind the script and comic book artist Troy Nixey is directing.
The movie will be yet another attempt for Katie to establish herself as a box office draw after her last two projects.
Her miniseries “The Kennedys” was widely criticized as a hit job on President John F. Kennedy and her latest movie “The Son of No One,” was booed at the Sundance Film Festival.
She’ll next appear in a rom-com “Responsible Adults,” about a woman dating a younger man (Chace Crawford) whom she used to babysit.
In “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which hits theaters in August, Holmes will take a back seat to 11-year-old Bailee Madison, who plays Sally Hirst, the focus of the movie.
Holmes plays Kim, the girlfriend of Sally’s father Alex, played by Guy Pearce.
The family moves to a creepy mansion, and Sally starts to hear voices coming from the basement.
All hell breaks loose when they find out that evil spirits live in the home.
del Toro, who is noted for special effects and the horror genre in Spain and for the films “The Orphanage” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” gives Holmes a chance to finally score a film success.
Little Sally, of course, steals the movie. She’s featured in the first full-length trailer, which sets up the premise for the movie.
Didn’t anyone ever tell Katie never to work with animals or kids? Check out the trailer below.