The Orphanage director returns

He sent us all screaming from the cinema with The Orphanage, and now director Juan Antonio Bayona is going to brutalize us with his English language debut. He’s taking on Universal’s adaptation of David Moody’s thriller novel Hater.

Glen Mazzara has written the script for the pic, which will find an epidemic of random violence perpetrated by ordinary people breaking out around the world, reports Variety (opens in new tab) .

It’s been in development for some time and given that Orphanage backer Guillermo del Toro is one of the producers, it’s not really shocking that he’d want a solid choice for the director’s chair.

State Of Fear

Bayona certainly seems ready for the challenge of what will be a tough book to film: “I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays.”

But he’s not planning a simple shooting schedule for his first English language film – while he’ll shoot exteriors in America, he plans to shoot the interior scenes in Spain. That sound you hear is Universal’s production accountants quietly weeping at the idea.

Sam Ashurst is a London-based film maker, journalist, and podcast host. He's the director of Frankenstein's Creature, A Little More Flesh + A Little More Flesh 2, and co-hosts the Arrow Podcast. His words have appeared on HuffPost, MSN, The Independent, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, and many more, as well as of course for us here at GamesRadar+.