Director Larry Fessenden Off the Remake of The Orphanage
As angry as I am about the swift moves to remake the spectacularly reviewed Let the Right One In, it wasn't the first time I had felt similar emotions in an all too familiar scenario. Back in 2007, El Orfanato (aka The Orphanage) hit theaters and gained considerable buzz and attention thanks to not only Guillermo del Toro's endorsement as producer, but also because it was a satisfyingly chilling tale. And like any foreign film that gains the smallest amount of attention in Hollywood, a remake was ordered with Larry Fessenden attached to direct. That is, until Arrow in the Head found out from Fessenden that he's off the project.
Fessenden laid it out bluntly:
"The Orphanage was two years of waiting. 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."
Too true, Larry, too true. Unfortunately he doesn't mention exactly what character was the source of all the casting frustration, but I'm sure it has something to do with the casting of the lead female role. Now the concern will be finding a new director, but how much time is del Toro going to have to dedicate to keeping The Orphanage on track with his spending the next decade of his life dedicated to The Hobbit? We'll listen up for any further developments and let you know when/if they find a new director anytime soon. It'll be a considerable tough task to find someone else good enough. Who do you think should take over this?