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Juan Antonio Bayona’s 2007 chiller The Orphanage was exactly the kind of haunted-house story that Hollywood needs to make more of: smart, unpredictable, and squirm-in-your-seat scary. The Spanish director hasn’t released anything since, though he has The Impossible on the books for 2012, and we finally have footage to share. Bayona’s film is based on a factual story of survival in the wake of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand. A Spanish teaser was posted on Twitch. We have it below:
Bayona’s film was shot in English, with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor starring as parents of two young sons whose family vacation is disrupted – to say the least – by the natural disaster. Twitch has the translation for the video's subtitles. They read:
“On December 26, 2004, a devastating tsunami hit the coast of Southeast Asia.
The lives of thousands of families around the world changed forever.
This is the true story of one of these families.”
Though the images are quick, it’s pretty obvious that this will be the treatment of the devastating tsunami that Hereafter could have been (if Clint Eastwood hadn’t directed, that is). Bayona’s direction looks intense, and I’m dying to see what lengths these characters will have to go to in order to survive the sudden onslaught. But when will we see it? IMDB only gives us a 2012 release date, but no specifics. Warner Bros. is tagged at the start of the teaser. Hopefully the studio can provide us with further details soon enough.