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The Orphanage - Pellington Takes the 1 2 3 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 04 January 2010 11:19

Ok, so that headline doesn't make much sense. But director Mark Pellington has indeed signed on to call the shots on New Line's remake of The Orphanage. And the very idea of doing that - announced last year - still takes the 1 2 3. Sure, Guillermo Del Toro is overseeing the translation of the superb (and sad) Spanish shocker, but do we really need to remake it at all?

Del Toro is also co-writing with Larry Fessenden, who will be looking to take Juan Antonio Bayona's tale of a mother missing her lost son in a haunted orphanage and make it scary for all us English-speaking folk. Most of whom would have read the subtitles on the first one anyway - except for Variety, who seem to have misunderstood the plot somewhat. Hopefully Fessenden hasn't, and will include the slow counting hide and seek game, along with the subtle emotional current that flowed through the whole thing.

Still, the really scary part? After helming The Mothman Prophecies and Arlington Road, Mark Pellington went on to direct U2 3D. If that has any relevance to this remake, I'll knock the 1, 2, 3 out of all of them.