Mark Pellington talks THE ORPHANGE remake; getting antsy about its lack of a green light

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 16th, 2011

One of the most talked-about remakes of recent memory has been the long-gestating, English-language take on the fantastic Spanish horrr masterpiece, THE ORPHANAGE.

Currently in the hands of director Mark Pellington, apparently everything looks good for the project itself, except for the fact that it allegedly cannot get a green light from studio WB. And according to a recent interview with MTV, Pellington wants that to change, real quick.

In an interview at Sundance, where he was promoting his new film I MELT WITH YOU (read our review here), the director revealed that “That’s been a year in discussion. I’m ready to go whenever they can find an actress and pull the trigger…I’ve been attached for a year, and it’s actually because it’s been delaying, delaying, delaying that I decided to do this. I was like, ‘How long are you going to wait?’”

Personally, while I’m quite a big fan of the original, given the right creative team, a remake could ultimately work. I’ve been proven wrong with regards to my disdain for English-language remakes of recently released foreign fare with Matt Reeves’ LET ME IN showing the public that it truly can be done, with the right team. Not saying that this is just that, but at this point, until the opposite is proven, I think this could ultimately work. 

Now all we have to do is wait. And apparently, it doesn’t seem like that will be changing anytime soon.

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