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OTRC: Katie Holmes' horror film 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' gets release date

Katie Holmes appears in a scene from the 2011 movie 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.' (Miramax)

Katie Holmes' new horror film, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," has found a U.S. distributor and has secured a release date.

The movie is co-produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, who deems it "among the scariest ever made," according to a statement by FilmDistrict, who has picked up its U.S. rights, and Miramax, one of the film's production companies. It is set to hit theaters on August 12, 2011.

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," a remake of a 1973 television movie, follows a young girl, played by Bailee Madison, who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father, portrayed by Guy Pearce, and his new girlfriend, played by Katie Holmes, in a 19th-century mansion they are restoring.

The girl stumble upon a hidden basement and after hearing mysterious voices, "unleashes something so terrible, so unthinkable, that everyone's life - hers most of all - is placed in immediate and grave danger," the statement said.

The movie was originally set to hit theaters in January but "fell into limbo" last year after the Walt Disney Company sold Miramax, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Holmes rose to fame playing Joey in the teen drama series "Dawson's Creek." The wife of actor Tom Cruise has also starred in movies such as "Batman Begins" and "The Romantics." Del Toro is known for directing films such as "Pan's Labyrinth" and two "Hellboy" movies.

Aside from "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," Holmes had also recently experienced another on-screen project delay.

Last year, she filmed an 8-part miniseries called "The Kennedys," playing Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of assassinated President John F. Kennedy. The History Channel had yanked the project from its lineup in January, saying the project did not fit the "History brand." The cable networks Showtime, Starz, FX and more had also reportedly turned down offers to air the miniseries. The real-life Kennedy family and associates felt its scripts are inaccurate and overly critical, the Associated Press said.

Earlier this month, the cable network ReelzChannel announced it would air "The Kennedys" on April 3. The miniseries, which had a multimillion dollar production budget, stars Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy, who was shot dead in 1963. It also features Barry Pepper as his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, who was also fatally shot while campaigning for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination, and Tom Wilkinson as his father, Joseph Kennedy.

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