The Girl Next Door
Miramax's 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Scares Up January Release Date
By Mike Fleming
Katie Holmes on the set of "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" - July 2009
While its struggle to unload Miramax Films and its library continues, Disney has just set a January 21, 2011 release date for the Miramax thriller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark " The Troy Nixey-directed film, written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, stars Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. The film is a remake of the 1973 ABC telepic. A young girl, sent to live with her father and his girlfriend, and she is stalked by a swarm of tiny, nasty monsters. The filmmakers expected that the picture would be lost in a custody battle to whatever company won the Miramax library. Despite the fact that the film will be R-rated, there is enthusiasm that it is staying with Disney. I'm told the studio quite likes the film, and while they don't do R-rated stuff, they can make an exception on the Miramax label.