Back in August it was announced that Larry Fessenden would be taking over as director on the American remake of J.A. Bayona’s ghostly tale The Orphange. Fans rejoiced for the most part because with Larry at the helm, the last thing we’d get is a homogenized version of the flick that was met with much critical acclaim. Sadly … things have changed.
AITH caught up with Fessenden on the set of Stake Land, which he’s producing, to get the scoop on the status of the remake.
“THE ORPHANAGE was two years of waiting,” he tells the site. Working on the script with Guillermo was a very exciting experience, but then I got into a casting miasma and that’s where the thing is; I think they’re gonna do it another way, actually. So I think I’m out of it. Hopefully they’ll still use my script, but I’m not sure I’m directing it anymore. That’s Hollywood for ya.”
Well, at the very least del Toro is still involved. Cross your fingers, kids. This could get ugly. Look for more soon, and in the interim check out the trailer for the original below.
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