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

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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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  • Mihovil

    Well, it’s good to see Fessenden directing something that doesn’t deal with the Wendigo.

  • Mihovil

    Well, it’s good to see Fessenden directing something that doesn’t deal with the Wendigo.

  • Brendan

    WHY??? I dont get this. I realise that the 2000′s was the decade of the remake/retread/rehash/whatever, and most of them are pretty damn terrible. But at least most of them were at least 15 years old, where they could (benefit from?) an improvement, a retooling, or better use of current technology etc. But the Orphanage? Let the Right One In? We had [REC] remade last year into a shot for shot version (Quarantine). But all of the originals are popular foreign films, and are fairly mainstream in their own right. The Orphanage was very popular, and LtROI actually topped a large gamut of top 10 polls!!! The worst thing here is that the people responsible for putting the sublime originals out are endorsing all of this. Del Toro, you are an amazing force of cinematic imagination, where even when your works aren’t your own (ie Hellboy) they are infused with such verve and creativity that it beggars belief! Why then delve to follow in the footsteps of Michael fucking Bay! Im sorry, but Im not looking forward to this escalation in flagarant nacsent imagination and money grabbing. Next we’ll see the remake before the original escapes post-production!!!

  • Brendan

    WHY??? I dont get this. I realise that the 2000′s was the decade of the remake/retread/rehash/whatever, and most of them are pretty damn terrible. But at least most of them were at least 15 years old, where they could (benefit from?) an improvement, a retooling, or better use of current technology etc. But the Orphanage? Let the Right One In? We had [REC] remade last year into a shot for shot version (Quarantine). But all of the originals are popular foreign films, and are fairly mainstream in their own right. The Orphanage was very popular, and LtROI actually topped a large gamut of top 10 polls!!! The worst thing here is that the people responsible for putting the sublime originals out are endorsing all of this. Del Toro, you are an amazing force of cinematic imagination, where even when your works aren’t your own (ie Hellboy) they are infused with such verve and creativity that it beggars belief! Why then delve to follow in the footsteps of Michael fucking Bay! Im sorry, but Im not looking forward to this escalation in flagarant nacsent imagination and money grabbing. Next we’ll see the remake before the original escapes post-production!!!

  • Brendan

    WHY??? I dont get this. I realise that the 2000′s was the decade of the remake/retread/rehash/whatever, and most of them are pretty damn terrible. But at least most of them were at least 15 years old, where they could (benefit from?) an improvement, a retooling, or better use of current technology etc. But the Orphanage? Let the Right One In? We had [REC] remade last year into a shot for shot version (Quarantine). But all of the originals are popular foreign films, and are fairly mainstream in their own right. The Orphanage was very popular, and LtROI actually topped a large gamut of top 10 polls!!! The worst thing here is that the people responsible for putting the sublime originals out are endorsing all of this. Del Toro, you are an amazing force of cinematic imagination, where even when your works aren’t your own (ie Hellboy) they are infused with such verve and creativity that it beggars belief! Why then delve to follow in the footsteps of Michael fucking Bay! Im sorry, but Im not looking forward to this escalation in flagarant nacsent imagination and money grabbing. Next we’ll see the remake before the original escapes post-production!!!

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