One of the highest grossing Argentine films of all times and 2010’s Oscar Winner for best foreign language film will be remade by Hollywood.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Billy Ray will write and direct a new version of the Argentinian thriller “The Secret in Their Eyes” for Warner Bros., which is in negotiations to acquire the rights. Director and writer Juan Jose Campanella’s adapted the movie from the novel by Eduardo Sacheri.
“The Secret in Their Eyes”
The original film has grossed $6.3 million dollars in the US since its April release and more than $24 million dollars worldwide, and sold more than 2.4 million tickets in Argentina. The movie had a budget of $8 million dollars.
Mark Johnson (“Donnie Brasco”) is producing the new version, which Ray will re-set in the United States in present day.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. rarely adapts foreign language films for U.S. audiences, but its version of the Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs” became Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won the Best Picture Oscar in 2006.
Ray recently co-wrote the 2009 thriller “State of Play” and “Source Code,” which Summit is producing for a 2011 release. He has also written and directed “Shattered Glass” and co-written and directed “Breach.”
Ray is also penning a feature adaptation of the Fox TV series “24” and a script about the 2009 Somali pirate incident for producer Michael De Luca at Columbia.
John Ufland brought the project to Mark Johnson and Ray and will be the executive producer.
This crime thriller will join a long list of Argentine films remade by Hollywood. Most recently, the romantic comedy “Un Novio por mi Mujer” (A Boyfriend for my Wife) was slated to become a vehicle for Steve Carrell.