Miramax's The Debt & Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Both Delayed
What the heck is going on in Hollywood? From MGM's financial troubles to Warner Bros' struggles with 3D to Miramax's problems, there's a lot of bad things happening, almost as if the entire industry is falling apart. Deadline is reporting another bit of depressing news, though it's not confirmed by Disney yet (who has been handling Miramax films). Disney's sale of Miramax to Ron Tutor & Tom Barrack, aka Filmyard Holdings, won't be finalized until the end of the year due to "logistical reasons," but that extra time means the release of two films, John Madden's The Debt and Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, will be delayed.
Deadline explains that, "both [movies] are postponed until parent company Filmyard, which is what Tutor and Barrack are calling their new film company umbrella over Miramax, takes over." The Debt (watch the trailer), Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, was set for release on December 29th this year. And Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (watch the teaser), produced by Guillermo del Toro starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, was set for release on January 21st, 2011 early next year. But "no new dates have been set," Finke adds. She has a lot of inside contacts, so I trust that her info is accurate, even though Disney was still handling the release of both of these a few weeks ago. It's sad to see these get pulled out from under them.
I'm not really that concerned about The Debt because it seemed like a quieter indie release, but it seriously sucks to see Don't Be Afraid of the Dark delayed. The response to that first teaser was incredible and I was seriously looking forward to catching it, as it looked like one of those dark, beautiful horror films that only Guillermo knows how to deliver. I usually don't like reporting on delayed release date news unless we have information about when it will get an actual release, but it looks like we're going to have to sit tight and wait until Filmyard takes over Miramax and sets their own release dates. But we'll definitely keep you updated.