Juan Antonio Bayona Turns into ‘Hater’
One film Guillermo del Toro will not be directing for Universal is the adaptation of Hater, the film he will produce with Mark Johnson. Instead, Variety reports that Juan Antonio Bayona has been signed to direct the movie based on David Moody’s thriller and adapted to the screen b Glen Mazzara (The Shield).
Bayona is best known for The Orphanage, which del Toro also produced, and this will be his English-language debut.
"I like the idea of a movie that talks about the state of fear we live in nowadays," Bayona told Variety.
The novel and screenplay tells of people suddenly committing random acts of violence with no provocation. “What I loved about Hater is it recognizes the reality that we live in, where it is incredibly easy to polarize, to hate for gender, race, age,” del Toro told the trade over the summer.