Larry Fessenden Directing New Line's Remake of The Orphanage
by Alex Billington
August 5, 2009
This guy does everything - act, write, edit, produce, and direct. Larry Fessenden has signed on to direct New Line's remake of The Orphanage, the highly praised 2007 Spanish thriller produced by Guillermo del Toro. Fessenden previously directed the horror film Wendigo and the thriller The Last Winter. Del Toro and Fessenden know each other from the horror circuit, with del Toro's admiration of his work leading him to handpick him. Del Toro saw in him a filmmaker who understood the conventions of the horror genre and could develop a movie that would be as scary and disturbing as the original but in an American context.
For those who didn't see it, The Orphanage, directed by del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona, was about a woman who, upon returning to the orphanage where she grew up, discovers that her son's imaginary friend is the same person who terrorized her when she was a child. Del Toro is mentoring Fessenden just as he did Bayona and other filmmakers like Troy Nixey. I haven't any of the films Fessenden's directed, but he seems like he could be a great choice, especially considering I trust (nearly) every decision that Guillermo makes. Fessenden is currently searching for a lead actress. We'll keep you updated on the status of this remake!
That photo at the top is of Larry Fessenden about to get his head chopped off in the indie I Sell the Dead.