“ORPHANAGE” remake back on—and new “EYES” too


by: on: 2013-01-21 15:03:52

With the Guillermo del Toro-executive-produced MAMA cleaning
up at the box office (an estimated $28.1 million in its first three days and
$33.2 million for the four-day holiday weekend), two Spanish films del Toro
godfathered are headed for English-language revamps.

Screen Daily reports that a new version of Juan Antonio Bayona’s THE ORPHANAGE (pictured),
previously attempted by New Line Cinema with Larry Fessenden and then THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES’ Mark
Pellingon at the helm, is on the schedule of Spanish company Rodar y Rodar,
which produced the original. Also on its slate is a similar revamp of Guillem
Morales’ blindness chiller JULIA’S EYES, which starred ORPHANAGE’s Belén Rueda;
both movies had del Toro on their producing teams. Rodar y Rodar further plans
to revisit Morales’ 2004 psychological chiller THE UNINVITED GUEST and the
mystery/thriller THE BODY, which marked the directorial debut of EYES scripter
Oriol Paulo, in English. For more on director Andy Muschietti’s MAMA, including
words with Guillermo del Toro, pick up Fango #320, on sale now.  



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