Billy Ray Set to Remake Oscar Winner 'The Secret in Their Eyes'

October 6, 2010
Source: Deadline

The Secret in Their Eyes

No, we're not talking about musician/celebrity father Billy Ray Cyrus, this is Billy Ray - AMPAS member, primarily a screenwriter, but also director of Breach and Shattered Glass previously. Deadline reports that Ray is attached to direct an English language remake of last year's Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes (or El Secreto de Sus Ojos in Spanish) for Warner Bros. The movie originally comes from Argentina and was directed by Juan José Campanella. Ray also wrote the script for this remake after writing The Hunger Games adaptation for Lionsgate. Another great foreign film being remade? Not again!

The Secret in Their Eyes is about a retired prosecutor who writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past particularly brutal unresolved homicide cases and his unreciprocated love for his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. I've heard nothing but amazing things about it, and considering it beat out my top pick - Un Prophete - at the Academy Awards, I'm sure that it's probably pretty damn good. This is yet another film in Hollywood's trend of remaking great foreign language flicks for the hell of it, following Let Me In and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As always, let's hope Billy Ray can put his own unique spin on this instead of just making the same movie again without subtitles. Anyone a big fan of the original?

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First of all, let me start by saying that I'm Argentinian and i lived for over a decade in the States, i hate reading subtitles as much as anyone else. I was lucky that 'El Secreto De Sus Ojos' is a Spanish movie but i would've loved the movie even if i had to read the subtitles. I am not a fan of non-English movies as i find a little annoying having to read and sometimes i feel like i'm missing stuff. I'm also lazy. The studio probably likes the twist in the end and that's it. The twist is great and it works perfect in the original movie, i am sure that the people who green lighted this was all over that and not anything else about the movie. I hope that everybody who's seen the movie just think about that. they want the ending.

Eddie Rodriguez on Oct 7, 2010


If he can put such an spin on a movie why doesnt he put that spin in his own original movie? he? this remake period of Hollywood is the worst thing that could happen to cinema. Okey, one or two movie remade its not the end of the word, but when all the movies you see now a days are remake or not call remakes, but still copies of something else is frustrating.

Damn Quilty on Oct 7, 2010


im a big fan of the original one, but anyway i think that hollywood could make a good remake and its something that this movie really deserves!

max on Oct 7, 2010


This movie is amazing. If it were originally in English it would have won best picture. the original has some of the best CGI integration i've ever seen. Really great computer aided cinematography. Sure you don't want to call this a re-adaptation of the original screenplay? Hahahaha.

LINKFX on Oct 7, 2010


they should leave this movie alone is a masterpiece the dialogue works in spanish, i wouldn't want to see another person take credit for a movie that is already amazing work of campella

Luis Garcia on Oct 7, 2010


I find subtitled horror films easier to watch than dramas, I think being scared translates better into any culture than heavy dialogue and drama.

peloquin on Oct 7, 2010


This movie was great and it really deserved the best foreign award. I hope they can make something good just so more people know about this awesome film.

eru88 on Oct 7, 2010


Shattered Glass has given Billy Ray the automatic "watch" stamp for me.

Conor on Oct 13, 2010


I don't know if you have seen the original since but it is really good. Personally I don't mind reading subtitles and would much rather do so and see the original version of a movie instead of a remake. It may sound a little extreme but to me remaking a movie is almost disrespectful to the original one. Its so hard for me to understand that you can be that lazy that you have to have a version with your own language, your favorite actors, etc and not be open to other cultures and what they have to offer. Again, I am sorry if I sound extreme but I think that people are missing out so much, I wish they were more open. Oh and also, the remakes are rarely as good as the originals. on Feb 22, 2011

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