‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Gets Two Week Bump

Another release change as FilmDistrict – who just had major success with Insidious – has given Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake an August 26, 2011 date, two weeks later than originally announced. The interesting aspect is that it will now open against Dimension Films’ Apollo 18. Who will move first? I got money on Apollo. Remember, the last time two studios films went head to head – The Final Destination and Halloween II – be all lost.

The pic follows Sally (Bailee Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. Having stumbled upon the mansion’s hidden basement, Sally starts hearing voices calling out from the bolted ash pit, imploring her to open it. Sally obliges and unwittingly unleashes something so terrible, so unthinkable, that everyone’s life – hers most of all – is placed in immediate and grave danger.

Guillermo del Toro produced this redo of the super cheesy 1973 ABC telepic of the same name.