Paloma Baeza is set to make her feature directorial debut. The BAFTA winner will helm fantasy story “The Toymaker’s Secret” for TriStar Pictures. Variety broke the news.
A combination of live-action and animation, the pic centers on an American family who moves to London and fears their old Victorian house may be haunted.
The spec comes from “Annihilation” and “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland, Baeza’s husband. “Several other suitors” were interested in the project before TriStar locked it down, according to the source. Unlike Garland’s other credits, which could be classified as dark sci-fi, this new project is family-friendly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, its “whimsical tone” is comparable to “The Princess Bride.”
“‘The Toymaker’s Secret’ is an original movie with such heart and humor and magic that it is sure to become an instant classic for the whole family,” said Hannah Minghella,