Universal has attached The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona to direct Hater, Glen Mazzara's adaptation of British author David Moody's thriller novel about an epidemic of violence perpetrated by ordinary people, according to Variety.

Bayona, who will make his English-language debut with Hater, reunites with Guillermo del Toro, who is producing the film with Mark Johnson.

Hater landed at Universal under del Toro's first-look deal there. Mazzara was set at that time. Del Toro was originally approached by Johnson to direct, but his schedule on two installments of The Hobbit made that impossible. The producers then turned to Bayona.

The film is set in the U.S., and while exteriors will be shot locally when the film gets under way next year, Johnson hopes to shoot the interiors in Spain.