Oh No! Hollywood's Going to Remake "The Orphanage!" I hope it's good, I hope it's good, I hope it's good 


"The Orphanage" or "El Orfanato" is getting a Hollywood makeover!

The 2008 Spanish film is one of the best ghost-themed movies in recent years and I truly admired director Juan Antonio Bayona's work. The great Guillermo del Toro produced the film.

Now, New Line, the home of "Friday the 13th" remake, wants to redo the movie and it's going to be directed by actor-producer-director Larry Fessenden. But before you say boo, hold on...

del Toro co-wrote the script with Fessenden and he's also going to produce the film with Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. So that's a good sign.

The film tells the tale of Laura (the wonderful Belen Rueda) who returns to the orphanage where she grew up. Her son claims to be seeing an invisible friend who happens to be Belen's own invisible BFF in the past. When the son starts missing, Belen's problems start accumulating. Wait for the great twist in the end.

This remake project surely has a silver lining because of del Toro's involvement. At least they're not picking a commercial or music video director to helm the project. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it signals that New Line wants more content and less flash.

Also, Fessenden came from the horror circuit, and is known for his low-budget horror flicks like "Wendigo."

The Hollywood Reporter is saying:

del Toro saw in him (Fessender) a filmmaker who understood the conventions of the horror genre and could execute a movie that would be as scary and disturbing as the original but in an American context.


I agree, but I'm holding judgment until I see the remake.

Oh, by the way, the remake is still in search of a lead actress.

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