Del Toro's 'Orphanage' home with NL


Guillermo del Toro's "The Orphanage" has been adopted by New Line Cinema.

After months of negotiations, the studio picked up the English-language remake rights to the Spanish-language thriller, which marks the directorial debut of del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona.

Produced by del Toro and Spain's Telecinco Cinema and Rodar y Rodar, with the participation of Warner Bros. Prods. Spain, "Orphanage" is written by Sergio Sanchez and revolves around a woman who returns to the orphanage where she grew up with the intention of opening a home for handicapped children.

Her son makes an invisible friend, who turns out to be the same "friend" that terrorized the woman when she was a child.

The movie is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival where it is becoming one of the fest's buzzed-about titles.

Del Toro, who made "Blade II" for New Line, will serve as producer on the English-language version. The studio is out to filmmakers to adapt the movie.

New Line vp European acquisitions Alexandra Rossi flagged the movie, bringing it to the attention of the studio's Toby Emmerich and Guy Stodel. The three will shepherd the project.

"Orphanage" will be released Oct. 11 in Spain through Warner Bros. Pictures International Spain, while Picturehouse -- which handled del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" -- will distribute in the U.S. on Dec. 28.

Pamela Rolfe reported from Madrid; Borys Kit reported from Toronto.