Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has been acquired for domestic distribution by Peter Schlessel and Bob Berney’s FilmDistrict. The film will get an August 12 release and was the final and perhaps most potentially commercial of the films made by Miramax Films before the library was sold last year. The Troy Nixey-directed remake of the 1973 TV movie was produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Johnson, and stars Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins. The film follows a family that moves to Rhode Island to an old mansion they plan to restore. Pint-sized creatures dwelling there want the girl. The film got a rise out of the Comic-Con crowd last year, but took forever to land because of the library sale. It fits FilmDistrict’s goal to find films that can play on 2500 screens and above. Here’s a recent trailer:
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