Guillermo del Toro taps Larry Fessenden to Direct the Remake of THE ORPHANAGE

     August 4, 2009

Larry Fessenden The Orphanage remake image.jpg

You may not have heard of actor/producer/director Larry Fessenden but he’s kind of a big deal in underground horror circles.  Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the man behind such films as “Wendigo” and “I Sell the Dead” is about to expand his sphere of influence as he takes on directing duties for New Line’s “The Orphanage” remake.  More after the jump…

the_orphanage_movie_image__6_.jpgThe original 2007 Spanish-language version of “The Orphanage” was directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and produced by Guillermo del Toro.  Del Toro will return to produce the English version and had already worked up a script with Fessenden before the latter came onboard as director.

The plot still tells the story of a woman who returns to the orphanage where she grew up where she learns that her son’s imaginary friend is the same person who terrorized her as a child.  New Line and del Toro are currently in search of an actress to head the cast.

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