Actor-turned-filmmaker Larry Fessenden (“Wendigo,” “The Last Winter”) is set to direct “The Orphanage”, the American remake of Juan Antonio Bayona’s 2007 well-reviewed Spanish-language supernatural thriller “El Orfanato” that New Line Cinema is producing says The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centers on Laura, who purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children.
Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son’s imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing.
Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unraveling the mystery that has taken over the place.
Guillermo del Toro, who produced the original, will serve in the same capacity and will co-adapt Sergio G. Sanchez’s original script with Fessenden. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will produce the remake.