But things change, for better or worse.
Arrow in the Head got an exclusive bit of info from Fessenden himself concerning the remake on a recent visit to the set of Stake Land, a post-apocalyptic vampire film produced for Dark Sky Films. While there is still hope for Fessenden's script to be used, all signs point to a new director coming on board in the future.
"The Orphanage was two years of waiting. Working on the script with Guillermo was a very exciting experience, but then I got into a casting miasma and that's where the thing is; I think they're gonna do it another way, actually. So I think I'm out of it. Hopefully they'll still use my script, but I'm not sure I'm directing it anymore. That's Hollywood for ya."
Although The Orphanage redux most likely no longer has Fessenden attached to sit in the director's chair, he's keeping busy producing a trio of films, with the aforementioned Stake Land being included among the bunch.