Guillermo del Toro is a busy, busy man these days, but that hasn’t stopped him from reportedly getting involved with a revamp of The Secret Garden, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The new film version of the story was scripted by Oscar-nominated writer Lucy Alibar of Beasts of the Southern Wild, with whom he worked on 2011’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.
The Secret Garden tells the story of a young British girl born and raised in India, Mary Lennox, who loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle’s castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants’ boys, Dikon, Mary begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor, including her “secret” sickly cousin Colin.
A film version of the story was released in 1993 and starred Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, and Heydon Prowse.
Universal Pictures is said to have beat out four other studios to produce the new film version. It is believed that this time around, the story will be set in the American South at the turn of the 20th century, though few details have been confirmed.