'Orphanage' Remake Gets New Man to Place Child's Head in Sack

January 4, 2010


Prepare to be terrified of bag-head boys who have been placed in institutionalized care... again! The Orphanage is getting a remake that would make all the Spanish dialogue English, and the director of Arlington Road, 7 episodes of Cold Case, and U2 3D (the first film to realize Bono's ego on the z-axis) is in talks to take this thing on:

Mark Pellington is headed to "The Orphanage," New Line's remake of the Spanish-language ghost tale "El Orfanato."

The director's in negotiations to helm the U.S. redo with Guillermo del Toro and ContraFilm toppers Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson attached to produce. Script is written by Larry Fessenden and Del Toro.

The original "Orphanage" stars Belen Rueda ("The Sea Inside") as a woman who takes over the orphanage where she was raised, to open a home for disabled children. Then her young son begins to play with the same imaginary friend who terrorized her when she was a child.

Del Toro was creative supervisor on the 2007 original, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and produced by Rodar y Rodar and Telecinco Cinema in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures Espana.

As much as I hate the idea of remaking foreign films for U.S. audiences, I think we needed this. Since The Orphan has fallen out of the public eye, I've been starting to worry orphans are once again beginning to be seen in a pitiable, empathetic light. We desperately need something new to remind us to be fearful and ever-vigilant against these small, parentless people.

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