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Miramax's 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Scares Up January Release Date

By Mike Fleming

Katie Holmes on the set of "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" - July 2009

While its struggle to unload Miramax Films and its library continues, Disney has just set a January 21, 2011 release date for the Miramax thriller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark " The Troy Nixey-directed film, written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, stars Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. The film is a remake of the 1973 ABC telepic. A young girl, sent to live with her father and his girlfriend, and she is stalked by a swarm of tiny, nasty monsters. The filmmakers expected that the picture would be lost in a custody battle to whatever company won the Miramax library. Despite the fact that the film will be R-rated, there is enthusiasm that it is staying with Disney. I'm told the studio quite likes the film, and while they don't do R-rated stuff, they can make an exception on the Miramax label.