This is some pretty cool news. Universal Pictures and Guillermo del Toro have brought in director Jaun Antonio Bayona to direct 'Hater' He also directed 'The Orphanage' which was a great little horror flick. Isn't this guy lucky to be on top of del Toro's list of directors. I am sure will will see him direct more and more films as time goes on. Variety reports:
Bayona, who will make his English-language debut with "Hater," reunites with Guillermo del Toro, who is producing the film with Mark Johnson.
Del Toro produced "The Orphanage," which was made in Bayona's home country of Spain on a modest budget and grossed more than $76 million worldwide.
"Hater" landed at Universal under del Toro's first-look deal there. Mazzara, a writer on "The Shield," was set at that time. Del Toro was originally approached by Johnson to direct, but his schedule on two installments of "The Hobbit" made that impossible. The producers then turned to Bayona.
"I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays," Bayona told Daily Variety.
If you don't know what Hater is about here is a description of the book:
Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning. Their attacks are brutal, remorseless and extreme. There are no apparent links between the Haters or their victims and no obvious reason for their violence. In seconds rational, controlled people become vicious killers. Everyone - irrespective of race, gender, age, sexuality or any other imaginable difference - has the potential to become either a Hater or a victim. This is a terror which knows no boundaries. You can no longer trust anyone, no matter how well you think you know them. You can no longer trust yourself. By the end of today you could be a killer. By the end of today you could be dead.