The Orphanage Remake Taps New Director

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm,

The Orphanage remake Mark Pellington The Orphanage Remake Taps New Director

It’s been pretty shaky behind-the-scenes with the upcoming unnecessary remake of the brilliant Spanish-language horror movie, The Orphanage. At first we learned that Larry Fessenden was going to direct it, but a few months later he reportedly wasn’t going to be directing it anymore, even after having co-written the script with producer Guillermo del Toro.

It was Fessenden who said himself that he most likely wouldn’t be directing The Orphanage in an interview, and we weren’t sure if that was 100% the case. However, we now learn that was in fact true. But fear not, those looking forward to this particular remake – Variety is reporting that a new director has been found to helm the project.

Mark Pellington (U2 3D) is reportedly in talks to direct The Orphanage remake, which still has del Toro producing along with ContraFilm toppers, Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson. We thought at the time of Fessenden’s departure that the script he had co-written with del Toro might be scrapped and del Toro would rewrite alongside whomever they found as the new director. But that appears not to be the case and the del Toro/Fessenden script appears to be the draft they will use.

Along with U2 3D, Pellington’s resume includes the likes of The Mothman Prophecies, Arlington Road and Henry Poole Is Here. He’s not exactly the perfect match, and in my opinion Fessenden would have been the better choice. But at least they’ve chosen someone competent.

Just as a reminder, the original Orphanage was about a woman who takes over the orphanage she was raised in, to open a house for disabled children. But soon after moving in with her family, her son starts playing with an imaginary friend, but of course there is more to the situation than meets the eye…

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The Orphanage was a fantastic film (one that gets better on repeat viewings) and doesn’t need to be remade, but I’m honestly not surprised Hollywood is churning this out. Why wouldn’t they? They’ve done it with just about every other foreign language horror hit. There’s always a chance this will be one of the good ones, but the track record doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

What do you make of the director found for The Orphanage remake? Is he suited for the project? Are you upset that they’re remaking the 2007 original?

There’s currently no scheduled released date for The Orphanage. We’ll let you know when there is.

Source: Variety

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  1. NO MORE REMAKES!!!

    Come on people if we dont go to see them, then Hollywood will stop making them and try some original ideas. Possibly.

  2. there’s not reason to remake this movie, it was excellent. Why ruin it with a remake?

  3. Overall I thought the original was well made, but I disliked it in the long run. Not going to get into the reasons why here. I don’t think the movie will benefit whatsoever from an American remake. This is almost as dumb as the Death at a Funeral remake.

  4. I really enjoyed the original, and I agree that this would be unnecessary. That said, there are several Japanese horror films that were remade American that I got a helluva kick out of, so as long as they don’t butcher it, then I can’t see the harm.

    “As long as they don’t butcher it” being the important key phrase – and one that is upheld.

  5. Seriously? They’re remaking a two year old film? “Foreign language film” or not, is Hollywood really in such a drought of creativity? Following such logic, they might as well “remake” Pan’s Labyrinth and try to contract del Toro to direct it with all native English-speaking actors.

  6. You mean Potato Sack Boy is coming back to haunt me?!

    I don’t understand why this needs to be remade. Del Toro films are already popular and well-known in the US; I don’t think a remake would sell well just because it’s in English.

  7. This is ridiculous. I’ll shun this movie if it ever gets finished.

  8. I just watched it and really? Why on earth does it need to be remade! Just release it as is in big cinemas.

    I’m American and so disappointed people will do anything to avoid subtitles. Can’t read? Or just to lazy to?

    Either way it’s sad.

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