If you were among the many horror fans who were waiting to see the new version of 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' ... be prepared to wait a little longer. According to the L.A. Times, the Guillermo del Toro-produced remake (which certainly looks pretty solid!) will not make its January release date -- because Disney has unloaded the film (along with John Madden's' The Debt') on Filmyard Holdings, who (we hope) will hand them off to a distributor wiling to "spend marketing money to release a picture that it" does own -- which Disney is not, apparently.
The problem is that both films fall within the Miramax paradox, and with Disney looking to divest itself of said company (sooner rather than later apparently), it does look like they'd be spending money to market a film that someone else will soon own. Regardless it's lame news for film fans. 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' is a remake of a rather well-regarded 1973 made-for-TV horror film starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, whereas 'The Debt' is a terrorism thriller with Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren. Watch the trailers for both films after the jump/
The Filmyard folks plan to find the movies a good home later next year. Guillermo del Toro admits being "devastated." No comment from Disney. Just business in Hollywood.