Pretty much everyone involved with screenwriter Lucy Alibar‘s first film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, was a virtual or total unknown. That won’t be the case for her next project, however. Alibar is set to team with Guillermo del Toro on The Secret Garden, Universal’s adaptation of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett novel.

While the pair are coming from different levels of the Hollywood hierarchy, they should make for a good match. Both have previously explored heavy, bittersweet themes through tales about young people navigating fantasy worlds — Alibar with Beasts, del Toro with Pan’s Labyrinth. Plus, the involvement of del Toro makes just about any film better. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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