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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Bad idea of the week: An “Orphanage” remake

I’ve been hearing about this for a while, but now Variety reports that all is moving forward on the American remake of “Orphanage,” the wonderfully eerie 2007 Spanish-language thriller directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Mark Pellington (“Arlington Road,” “The Mothman Prophecies”) will directed, from a screenplay adapted by Larry Fessenden and Guillermo del Toro (who produced the original film, and will also produce the remake). Glad to see del Toro’s on board, but still — why is this movie being remade? It’s terrific as is. If you like big-old-house ghost stories, filled with bravura acting (Belen Rueda, as a mother who opens an orphanage as a way of reconnecting with her own childhood, is hauntingly good), visual elegance, genuine tension and very little gore (Bayona’s smart enough not to need it), add this one to your Netflix queue, and await the new film with healthy skepticism.

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