Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Movie News

Trailer For The Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar! Arrives
Baird Whitlock has been kidnapped!
UK Teaser Trailer And Poster For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
How to succeed in polite society...
Empire Podcast 182: Abi Morgan, Sarah Gavron And Robert Zemeckis
Walking The Walk and talking the talk
2016 Done In 60 Seconds Entries Are Open
You could be a star at the next Jameson Empire Awards
Pan Podcast Special
Joe Wright, Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and more
Ron Perlman Part Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
And he may be a fantastic beast
First Promo And Poster For Paul Bettany's Shelter
Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie live on the streets
Exclusive New Poster For Tangerine
'Tis the season to get even
Samara Weaving Will Be The Babysitter
In McG's coming-of-age horror
Horror Comic The Woods Heading To Television
Universal Cable Productions does deal with Boom!
More Movie News

30 September 2015
Pacific Rim Sequel Pulled From Schedules
But the official line is it's only delayed
More Movie News

Crimson Peak
16 October 2015
More Future Films

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Pacific Rim (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Puss In Boots (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Del Toro Finds The Secret Garden
Lucy Alibar writing new adaptation

05 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Guillermo del toro

A young girl dealing with swirling emotions escapes into a seemingly forbidden world. Guillermo del Toro is involved. Put your hand down if you thought he might be making a sequel to Pan’s Labyrinth: he’s actually producing a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett novel The Secret Garden.

Lucy Alibar, who scored a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for her work on Beasts Of The Southern Wild, is on board to write the script.

Burnett’s novel is one of the most beloved children’s’ novels in the world. Originally published serially during 1910, it arrived on shelves in 1911 and has long since been regarded as a classic.

The heroine is Mary Lennox, a rude, spoiled 10-year-old girl who grows up in India the daughter of wealthy parents. But after everyone in her household dies of cholera, she’s sent to Yorkshire to live with her uncle. When she discovers a key to the garden that has been left locked and unattended since her uncle’s wife died in an accident, she ventures inside with the friends she’s made, and everyone’s life changes for the better.

This will be just the latest adaptation: the first was back in 1919 and there have been several films and TV series based on the story since then, including a memorable 1970s version by the BBC and a 1993 version with Maggie Smith.

But Alibar, del Toro and fellow producer Mark Johnson (who worked with him on Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, and produced another Burnett adaptation, A Little Princess, with Alfonso Cuaron in 1995) are planning to give it yet another different spin, with Deadline hearing that it’ll be set in the American South around the turn of the 20th century.

In case you were wondering, no, del Toro won’t be directing this one. The man has to sleep occasionally...

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Stephen Kay Shoots 6 Bullets From Now
New York thriller for Anarchy director
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)