I said it before, and I am saying it again. I suspect Guillermo del Toro has cloned himself. For all we know there are four or five Guillermos running around, making movies that scare the pants off of us, being charming in interviews, snacking on trail mix … The man is a horror-movie-making machine and he’s just added a new movie to his list: The Secret Garden. This time, he’s working with Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar and re-teaming up with his Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark co-producer Mark Johnson.
Yes, it’s that Secret Garden, the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel that was last adapted for screen by director Agnieska Holland in 1993. It’s the story of a young, lonely girl sent to live with her uncle who discovers a magical garden. Alienated, outcast children in a magical space that adults can’t find? It’s the prefect project for del Toro.
Deadline reports rumors of del Toro directing are unlikely.
“There was a swirl of interest in the hope that del Toro could direct, but he’s so busy with his other projects–he opens the big global tent pole Pacific Rim this summer and is working on a sequel; he’s turning Pan’s Labyrinth into a stage musical; he next helms the haunted house pic Crimson Peak; and he’ll direct the pilot for an FX series adaptation of The Strain, the apocalyptic vampire novel he wrote with Chuck Hogan–that del Toro will guide Alibar creatively as producer. Both of them have had success with projects surrounding young people who build fantasy worlds as a way of dealing with loneliness, grief, loss and abandonment (del Toro with Pan’s Labyrinth)," Deadline said.