Walt Disney Pictures officially announced a handful of release date changes this morning that affect both Disney's 2011 calendar and subsidiary Miramax's slate.
Steven Spielberg's War Horse has been pushed back from Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, to Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. If this date holds, War Horse will open just five days after The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, also directed by Spielberg. War Horse tells the story of a boy who goes off to fight in World War I in order to find his farm horse who has been sold in to the French Army. It's currently the only movie scheduled for the week after Christmas 2011.
Besides shuffling some dates, Disney also officially added The Help to its release schedule. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, the drama stars Emma Stone as a young woman who sparks change when she decides to start interviewing the black housekeepers in her community. The Help is set to debut on Aug. 12, 2011 against adventure comedy 30 Minutes or Less.
Since Disney is in the process of selling specialty division Miramax, it has decided to remove two of Miramax's upcoming movies from the calendar. Thriller The Debt and Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark were previously scheduled for Dec. 29 and Jan. 21, respectively, but are now listed as undated.