Pics covered in pact include 'Debt,' 'Dark'

Under its renewed Canadian distribution agreement with Miramax, Alliance Films will have access to all of the company’s library titles as well as distribution rights to new films produced over the next five years.

First two North American releases under the new deal will be John Madden’s “The Debt” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”

During the companies’ previous distrib pact, in place since 1987, Alliance had distributed nearly 400 Miramax titles.

While a five-year cap has been placed on new films under the renewed agreement, reps for Alliance declined to comment on an expiration date for the company’s access to about 700 Miramax titles.

“The Debt” and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” went months without a release date after Disney decided not to distribute the films in October.

“Debt” will unspool in North America on Aug. 31, while “Dark” will hit screens Aug. 12.

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