Guillermo del Toro to Produce THE SECRET GARDEN

Classic tale to receive new adaptation.

Universal Pictures is teaming with ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ director Guillermo del Toro for a new film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel ‘The Secret Garden’ with Oscar nominated scribe Lucy Alibar (‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’) providing the script.

First published in 1911 ‘The Secret Garden’ follows 10-year-old Mary Lennox, a spoiled and unaffectionate orphan who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in England. There she discovers a hidden garden containing magical secrets.

The tale has had several stage and film adaptations over the years, the last major adaptation being Agnieszka Holland’s 1993 film.

Mike Fleming over at Deadline is hearing word that new adaptation will take a different path from the previous adaptation and will set the story in the American South at the turn of the 20th Century.

Del Toro will produce the adaptation with Mark Johnson. The two previously worked together on the 2011’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark.’