The sale of Miramax has officially become annoying, with the hand-off from former owner Disney to construction mogul Ron Tutor and his partners in Colony Capital now expected to be finalized sometime around the end of the year or even later due to “strictly logistical reasons,” such as that the paper the deal will be signed on has to first be fashioned from the tallest redwood in the world, and written with ink drained from an elusive giant squid in the darkest heart of the Pacific Ocean. Or there’s not enough money yet, one of those things.

Anyway, the never-ending negotiation will now delay the release of two of the studio’s biggest upcoming films: the ironically named The Debt, a very prestigiously cast drama starring Helen Mirren as a Nazi-hunting Israeli agent, and the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror film Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, which has a promising trailer. Those films were to be released in December and January, respectively, but now have release dates yet to be determined.

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