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FilmDistrict Picks Up Guillermo del Toro's 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

The horror film starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce will open August 12.

The Hollywood Reporter
by Borys Kit

FilmDistrict will release "Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark", picking up the U.S. rights and setting an August 12 opening for the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror thriller

The movie was one of the titles that found itself adrift when Disney shut down its Miramax label. Del Toro and the movie made a strong appearance at Comic-Con last year and it was last scheduled for a January release when it fell into limbo.

Last week another orphaned film, "The Debt," found a home with Focus Features, which set an August 31 date for the espionage thriller.

"Dark" is a remake of a 1973 TV movie -- about a young girl who moves in with her father and his girlfriend into a 19th century estate and unwittingly unleashes demonic forces.

Del Toro co-wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and it is directed by Troy Nixey. It stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison and Jack Thompson. Mark Johnson produced the movie.

FilmDistrict is the new distribution outfit founded by Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films with Peter Schlessel and run by indie distribution vet Bob Berney. The company's first release will be the horror thriller "Insidious," which opens April 1.