The Debt Finally Set For Release

The long shelved espionage thriller “The Debt” has finally scored a release date of Wednesday, August 31st in the U.S.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International (UPI) have picked up the distribution rights from Miramax Films with international release dates expected to be announced shortly.

The John Madden-directed Mossad spy thriller, a remake of the 2007 Israeli film “Ha-Hov”, stars Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington and was shot in late 2008. However the film became one of six features that got stuck on a shelf due to the Miramax ownership changeover.

Two (“The Switch,” “The Tempest”) have already been released, the third (“Gnomeo and Juliet”) opens this week while the fourth, “Last Night”, locked a distribution deal with Tribeca Film earlier this month though hasn’t set a specific release date yet. This leaves only the Guillermo del Toro-produced “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” sitting without a date or a solid distribution deal.