The releases for "The Debt" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" have been delayed. The action thriller, which was originally scheduled for December 29 U.S. release, and the horror movie, which was supposed to be due January 21, 2011 in the U.S., are now pushed back to new dates which have not been determined yet.
The delay is caused by an unfinished deal at Miramax, which is going to be handed over from owner Disney to soon-to-be new owners, construction magnate Ron Tutor and Tom Barrack's Santa Monica-based Colony Capital. The transaction, however, won't be finalized until the end of the year or soon after.
The lagging deal happens because of "strictly logistical reasons" or what an insider calls as "standard practice in a deal of this magnitude," Deadline Hollywood reports. And as a result, both "The Debt" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will not be dropped in cinemas until parent company Filmyard, Tutor and Barrack's new film company umbrella over Miramax, takes over.
"The Debt", starring Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren among others, tells the story of three Mossad agents who fabricate a story during their mission in 1965 and have to face the consequence thirty years later. John Madden serves behind the lens for this film.
As for "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark", it follows a young girl who unwittingly lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures, who conspire to drag her down into the mysterious house's bottomless depths, and must convince her father and his girlfriend that it's not a fantasy, before the evil lurking in the dark consumes them all. Guillermo del Toro writes the script for the movie along with Matthew Robbins, while Troy Nixey directs it.