The company producing the film is Miramax. Hmmm? Disney again. John Travolta does a lot of work for Disney. I'm not drawing any conclusions on this yet. Right now that's just an observation.
Is this normal?...
Katie will begin shooting in August amid tight security. Sources say the cast will have to sign 20-page confidentiality agreements and the couple want to recruit a large ‘entourage’.
It depends on what the actors agree to keep confidential. Film producers do have confidentiality agreements (usually built into the contract) on aspects of their films such as plot points, locations, endings, the look of the monster (if there is one). That's normal.
If the confidentiality agreement deals with keeping confidence on scientology matters, Tom Cruise's behavior, and that sort of thing then that would not be normal.
This movie is based on a made for TV movie from 1973 also called Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
As we are looking at a remake of some kind I think a confidentiality agreement on aspects of the film is probably rather pointless.
The only cast member listed so far for the current film is Katie Holmes. Unless this film gets some very heavy hitters working on it I am categorizing it as a B movie with expectations of doing about as well critically and financially as the remake of House of Wax
All of this leads to some interesting mental juxtapositions: Katie Holmes, Kim Darby, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Stepford Wives, Omaha Beach, On the Beach, The Exorcist, Waltzing Matilda, Nicole Kidman, yellow couch, black turtleneck. (This is not "A=A=A" per dianetics. Much of people's natural thought processes involves juxtaposing. Scientology, of course, interferes with that as much as it can.)
As far as I can tell most of the action of Don't be Afraid of the Dark takes place with interior scenes. This begs the question, why are the producers doing a B movie remake on location in Australia?