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.

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First Look: ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Title Treatment and New Teaser Trailer

'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' title treatment © Miramax FilmsAs a follow-up to our first look at Katie Holmes in Miramax’s chilling remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark directed by Troy Nixey and produced by epic filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson, MySpace released the teaser trailer first revealed at the 2010 San Diego Comic-con. Miramax Films and Walt Disney Studios have also provided us with the title treatment for the film to help set the mood.


Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in HD

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Disney Announces ‘Haunted Mansion’ Remake Directed by Guillermo del Toro

New footage and the new TRON Legacy trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con panel weren’t the only surprises up Walt Disney Studios’ sleeve. After the panel supposedly ended and many had scattered, moderator Patton Oswalt introduced a couple of new juicy items for those who remained.

Reminiscent of the Studios’ D23 Expo presentation, those who left early failed once again to see Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Not in the flesh this time however, Johnny Depp as Sparrow made a 3D appeal to the audience denying he was involved in gathering up a crew on a quest to find the fountain of youth. Zombies, mermaids and Penelope Cruz were enough to fight off any interest he may have had embarking on the quest and — he adds quite simply — he’d need a bloody map to find it — or at least a bloody mary, if not both.

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Miramax to Release ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ but What Will They Call It?

Despite being on the auction block, plans to release upcoming films from Miramax still appears to be on the plate. And despite being a remake of a 1973 tv movie, Disney is hinting that it may rename the Guillermo del Toro produced film.

So if it won’t be called Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, what might we see the film billed as in theaters? To their credit, Disney did register DBAOTD.COM (although that in itself would be a marketing nightmare) and DONTBEAFRAID-THEMOVIE.COM but they also recently registered domain names for They Are Waiting (THEYAREWAITING.COM), They Wait in the Dark (THEYWAITINTHEDARK.COM) and What Lurks in the Dark (WHATLURKSINTHEDARK.COM).

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