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01.04.2010

Damn. They went and made me care about the ORPHANAGE remake. Back in mid-November, our sister site AITH reported that the director for the English-language remake of EL ORFANATO, Larry Fessenden, had left the project. This left me hopeful that the remake would just never happen and I'd never have to worry about. Now, not only have they found a new director, they've found a director I'm actually interested in.

New Line has hired Mark Pellington to direct THE ORPHANAGE based on a script Fessenden wrote with Guillermo del Toro. Like David Fincher, Mark Romanek and Spike Jonze, Pellington arrived in Hollywood after success in the mid-90s MTV world (he directed the highly popular "Jeremy" video for Pearl Jam). Pellington took some time off from directing after his wife unexpectedly died in 2004 but his earlier films like THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES should leave no doubt that the man's got the skills and personally I'm glad to see him back. No word on when filming might begin.

Extra Tidbit: Pellington has a cameo as a commercial director in JERRY MAGUIRE.
Source: Variety

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1:56AM on 01/05/2010
Why are they remaking this again? Is it because people are too fucking lazy to read subtitles?
Why are they remaking this again? Is it because people are too fucking lazy to read subtitles?
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8:21PM on 01/04/2010
i enjoyed mothman prophecies a lot.
i enjoyed mothman prophecies a lot.
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4:21PM on 01/04/2010

A filmmaker I'd love to see more of...

Arlington Road is one of my personal all-time favorite films; the film that inspired me to become a filmmaker. I didn't care for The Mothman Prophecies at first but upon rewatching recently, it is definitely a solid film. With Pellington at the helm, I have no doubt that this remake will have the ambiance and the look it deserves... But it's always up to the script and actors to really deliver, so we'll just have to wait and see how that turns out. But, I'm hoping for the best.
Arlington Road is one of my personal all-time favorite films; the film that inspired me to become a filmmaker. I didn't care for The Mothman Prophecies at first but upon rewatching recently, it is definitely a solid film. With Pellington at the helm, I have no doubt that this remake will have the ambiance and the look it deserves... But it's always up to the script and actors to really deliver, so we'll just have to wait and see how that turns out. But, I'm hoping for the best.
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4:13PM on 01/04/2010

Had Forgotten All About This

I seriously forgot that this useless remake was even happening, and now I am scared it's going to outright suck, as I hated and loathed "Mothman Prophecies".
I seriously forgot that this useless remake was even happening, and now I am scared it's going to outright suck, as I hated and loathed "Mothman Prophecies".
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2:31PM on 01/04/2010
I always thought The Mothman Prophecies and Arlington Road were pretty underrated, but it's been a while since I've seen either one. Still though, there's no reason to remake this. But I suppose it's better than hearing Brett Ratner wants to take a stab at it.
I always thought The Mothman Prophecies and Arlington Road were pretty underrated, but it's been a while since I've seen either one. Still though, there's no reason to remake this. But I suppose it's better than hearing Brett Ratner wants to take a stab at it.
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12:25PM on 01/04/2010
this does have me interested, as Pellington directed my personal favorite flick, Arlington Road, and the original El Orfanato was bad ass. So perhaps this wont suck ass lik i figured it would
this does have me interested, as Pellington directed my personal favorite flick, Arlington Road, and the original El Orfanato was bad ass. So perhaps this wont suck ass lik i figured it would
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10:26AM on 01/04/2010
Pellington's movies aren't terrible by any means, but his name still doesn't generate any excitement for an Orphanage remake for me either.
Pellington's movies aren't terrible by any means, but his name still doesn't generate any excitement for an Orphanage remake for me either.
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10:10AM on 01/04/2010
I'm not that interested in this being remade, but with Pellington behind the camera, it has potential. Arlington Road and Mothman Prophecies are both solid.
I'm not that interested in this being remade, but with Pellington behind the camera, it has potential. Arlington Road and Mothman Prophecies are both solid.
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9:35AM on 01/04/2010
Larry Fessenden > Mark Pellington

Arlington Road = Shit
Henry Poole Is Here = Crap
Mothaman Prophecies = Good

Where as...

Wendigo = Good
The Last Winter = Great
Skin and Bones = Good

Bleh. Terrible news.
Larry Fessenden > Mark Pellington

Arlington Road = Shit
Henry Poole Is Here = Crap
Mothaman Prophecies = Good

Where as...

Wendigo = Good
The Last Winter = Great
Skin and Bones = Good

Bleh. Terrible news.
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