Huge news on the remake front this evening as Hideo Nakata (interview), whos Ring Two hits theaters Friday, has signed on to direct the US remake of The Eye! The original film Jian Gui, follows a blind girl who gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts. And some of these ghosts are down right unfriendly. So she embarks on a journey to find the origins of her cornea and to reveal the history of the previous dead owner. Read on for the big news!!
So here it is, the news that couldn’t be cooler- Hideo Nakata, the man behind Dark Water, Ringu and Ringu 2 is directing The Eye! Variety writes:
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.
“This will be a very scary movie,” Wagner said.
Nakata was the director on the original “Ringu,” released in Japan and the basis for DreamWorks 2002 horror pic “The Ring.” Nakata also directed that film’s Japanese sequel.