Mysterious New Spanish Project from The Orphanage Duo

May 15, 2009

Juan Antonio Bayona

Juan Antonio Bayona and Sergio Sanchez, the director and screenwriter of The Orphanage, are reteaming on what looks set to be Bayona's second film, according to Variety. The project doesn't have a title yet, or at least not publicly, but is a "powerful story, based on true facts, which poses large technical challenges." That's a bit vague. "The film looks absolutely unique," says Telecinco Cinema CEO Ghislain Barrois. Apparently Bayona spent months working on the screenplay and the film's visual design before he was approached to direct the third Twilight film for Summit, a job that eventually went to David Slade.

Mysteriously, no other details about the project were revealed. And this isn't the adaptation of David Moody's Hater that Bayona is also attached to direct. The project is apparently "highly ambitious by Spanish standards" and Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson will be back to produce. Shooting is scheduled to start in spring of 2010, so expect to hear more over the next few months, as I'm sure we'll get some details out of someone somewhere. Anyone have any ideas what this "powerful story" could be about? And what technical challenges are being hinted at? We'll be keeping our eyes and ears open for details on this!

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  • PJ H
    If it's half as good as the orphanage im down.
  • Al




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