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The Orphanage (El Orfanato) gets Hollywood remake

GuillermodelToro.jpgThe Orphanage (El Orfanato) is a film from Juan Antonio Bayona, a new Director under the wing of Guillermo del Toro, and it is getting a release starting next month in Spain with only Finland, Turkey and a limited U.S. release due afterwards. Yet already the reports are that the film has been bought for a remake by Hollywood, and Guillermo del Toro is to be one of the producers.

I find this incredibly strange that a film has been picked up for remake so quickly, especially one that has a fair amount of backing and Hollywood connection already. I wonder if del Toro and the studio will suggest Juan Antonio Bayona to direct the remake? It's especially strange because del Toro is producer on both films. I can't see any motive out of this unless it's cash, or perhaps they think that the film is so bad already that a Hollywood remake might make it better?

The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter through Coming Soon and really does have me baffled.

You can see a trailer for the film in an earlier Filmstalker story, it's certainly looking like a strong horror thriller, but will Hollywood be able to remake it, and should there be some sort of restriction period on remaking films? It just seems so quick.





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