There’s finally been movement on the Orphanage front, and the remake has a director in its sights. According to Variety, Mark Pellington is nearing a deal to take on the English version of the Spanish language horror film, El Orfanato, which was directed by Guillermo del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona.

The film tells the story of a woman who returns to the orphanage where she grew up, only to learn that her son’s imaginary friend is the same one that terrified her when she was a child. According to the trade, Pellington is in negotiations to direct the film from a script written by Larry Fessenden and Del Toro. The director is best known for his 2002 thriller, The Mothman Prophecies which was based on a true story.

Like most feature directors his career began in music videos, and he’s helmed some pop culture favorites including Pearl Jam‘s  infamous “Jeremy” video, “One” by U2, and “Rooster” for Alice in Chains. How can we deny those classics?

He clearly has some talent, we just need proof that he can take on something of this caliber. The original Orphanage is held in high esteem by a lot of film aficionados and has developed a serious following. Do you think he has what it takes to bring the story to U.S. audiences?

What do you think of Mark Pellington taking on The Orphanage remake?