Amongst the glut of great Asian horror films over the last 5 years or so, The Eye has been a strong contender for the best of the lot, so it was really no surprise to learn that it too would be following in the steps of The Ring, The Grudge etc by receiving a US makeover.
Thankfully the powers that be at Paramount have seen sense and decided to sign Japanese director Hideo Nakata (The Ring - original Japanese version, Ring 2, Dark Water and the US remake of The Ring Two for Dreamworks) to take on the task of giving the film the big budget upgrade it deserves.
"The Japanese director, fresh from helming "The Ring Two" for DreamWorks, has signed with Paramount for its remake of Pang brothers thriller "The Eye," produced by Paramount-based Cruise/Wagner Prods.
Original, produced by Thailand-based Oxide and Danny Pang, grossed more than $10 million worldwide. Story follows a 20-year-old blind woman who, after receiving a corneal transplant, begins to see mysterious figures among the living who foreshadow death. She therefore sets out to uncover the origins of her corneas.
Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, who acquired remake rights in 2002, are producing; Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment exec produce. Current writers are Sebastian Gutierrez and Hillary Seitz; Par co-president Tom Jacobson and exec VP Brian Witten are overseeing for the studio."
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