Juan Antonio Bayona, director of the recent Spanish horror success 'The Orphanage', has been tapped by Universal to take directorial duties on the adaption of thriller novel 'Hater'. This will make Bayona's English language debut and will reunite him with Guillermo del Toro who'll be co-producing the project.
'Hater' is based on British author David Moody's thriller novel about an epidemic of violence perpetrated by ordinary people.
Del Toro is co-producing the flick with Mark Johnson. Johnson himself has originally approached Del Toro to direct but because of his 'Hobbit' commitments he had to pass.
"I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays," Bayona told Daily Variety.
'Hater' is set in the U.S., and while exteriors will be shot locally when the film gets under way next year, Johnson hopes to shoot the interiors in Spain.