Report: Miramax’s ‘The Debt’ and ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Will Not Be Released by Disney

At the 2009 D23 Expo, it was announced that Hollywood neo-legend  Guillermo del Toro would be teaming up with Walt Disney Studios to form a new shingle, Disney’s Double Dare You with the first project to be Trollhunters. Despite the announcement at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con that del Toro would be charging a remake of the studio blemish The Haunted Mansion, staying truer to the original attraction (which doesn’t use the definite article), it was also recently announced that Trollhunters would be going to Disney arch-nemesis DreamWorks Animation.

What to become of del Toro-produced remake of  Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark after it too received its own panel at San Diego Comic-Con? Initially slated to be released January 21, 2011, it was initially reported by Deadline Hollywood and then the LA Times that it will no longer be distributed by Disney and thus will be held in limbo until Miramax future owner Filmyard Holdings finds a new distributor for it. According to the Times, del Toro ‘was devastated by the news.’ In addition to DBAOTD, the also-remake The Debt will receive the same fate.

Disney will be releasing Julie Taymor’s take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest on December 17. According to that film’s title credits, it’s a joint production between Miramax and Disney’s Touchstone Pictures. Gnomeo and Juliet which will be released in February was also initially going to be released under the Miramax banner and was said to be included in the sale of the film production and distribution company but recently debuted its trailer featuring only the Touchstone moniker.

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