Mandi Bierly
June 30, 2009 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Memento‘s Guy Pearce is in negotiations to star opposite Katie Holmes in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a big-screen remake of a 1973 TV movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pearce will play a father whose daughter (Bridge to Terabithia‘s Bailee Madison) moves in with him, his girlfriend (Holmes), and the demonic creatures he refuses to believe share their home. Guillermo del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins; del Toro protégé Troy Nixey will direct.

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