Alex Garland, who recently knocked it out of the park with the creepy, twisted Annihilation, is set to write the haunted house film The Toymaker’s Secret with Paloma Baeza on board to direct. Per Variety, the movie “tells the story of an American family who moves into an old Victorian house in London and begins to believe it might be haunted,” which you should just assume anyway if you’re moving into an old Victorian house in London.
TriStar landed the rights for the project, which is reportedly more “family-focused” than Garland’s recent sci-fi fare. Baeza, who is also Garland’s spouse, will make her feature debut on the project. She previously won BAFTA and Annie awards for her work on Poles Apart.
“We couldn’t be more delighted to begin this adventure with TriStar. [TriStar President Hannah Minghella’s] enthusiasm and insight are the perfect fit for an exciting collaboration,” said Baeza. “This project will join my love of animation with a live-action world, and it’s fantastic to be bringing this story to life.”
As for Garland, it looks like his next project will be the FX series Devs, which recently received a pilot order. Here’s the official synopsis:
In Devs, a young computer engineer, Lily, investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend.
So when it comes to projects that Garland is directly overseeing, it looks like he’s sticking more in the sci-fi realm, but he’s shown in the past that as a screenwriter, he’s got incredible range, and I’m eager to see what he comes up with on The Toymaker’s Secret, especially given Baeza’s background in animation. Hopefully this project hits the fast track and we can see what the couple has put together sooner rather than later.