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Katie Holmes' Film Loses Distribution


Disney has backed out of plans to put Katie Holmes' movie "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" into theaters.

Back in late June, Disney sold its portion of Miramax to Filmyard Holdings for $660 million, but in the deal, the Mickey Mouse company had agreed to handle distribution of Holmes' thriller produced by Benicio del Toro ... as well as "The Debt" starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington.

Ron Tutor and Colony Capital are both partners in Filmyard, and they're expected to complete the acquisition of Miramax by mid-November.

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" was scheduled to hit theaters on January 21st, and "The Debt" had a release date of December 29th.

Filmyard has not announced any of the rescheduled release dates. As for why Disney changed their minds in regards to the distribution, they have no comment.

Here’s the official synopsis for "Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark":

Introverted Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison) has just moved in with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) when she realizes that their sprawling estate holds its fair share of secrets. Ascending to the depths of the house, Sally gains access to a secret lower level that has lain undisturbed for nearly a century, when the original builder vanished without a trace. When Sally accidentally opens the gateway that kept the creatures locked up tight, she realizes that in order to prevent them from destroying her family is to convince her skeptical father that monsters really exist.