Film set for release August 12

FilmDistrict has partnered with Miramax to release the Guillermo del Toro-produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” on Aug. 12.

The Katie Holmes-Guy Pearce starrer had been in limbo since last fall, when Disney opted not to release “Dark” and another Miramax title, “The Debt,” that the Mouse had planned to distrib even after it cut a deal to sell Miramax to the Filmyard Holdings investor group last summer.

Last week, “Debt” landed a distribution pact with Focus Features.

Produced by del Toro and Mark Johnson, “Dark” marks the directorial debut of Troy Nixey.

“Miramax has done an inspired job finding the right home for our film that took 15 years to get made,” del Toro said in a statement.

Pic is a remake of the 1973 ABC telepic of the same name. Story revolves around a girl who unleashes an evil force in her parents’ home.

Graham King and Tim Headington launched the FilmDistrict banner last year with the goal of fielding four to eight wide releases a year.

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