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He's adapting the Foreign Oscar winner

07 October 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

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Ah, it’s the old story: boy (Hollywood studio) meets girl (film from that there overseas, which people have liked and paid money to see in the US) and boy expresses his love for girl. Then boy offers girl jewellery (an Oscar) and asks for her hand in marriage (remake!) Such is the case with The Secret in Their Eyes, the Argentinean crime thriller that nabbed the golden baldie this year, with Warner Bros. negotiating the buy the rights and hiring Breach’s Billy Ray to start developing a US version.

Secret is a tricky narrative wrapped in flashbacks that follows a policeman investigating the shockingly violent murder of a young woman. According to the LA Times, the biggest issue facing the producers is finding an American parallel for the 1970s-set focus on the country’s military junta, or deciding whether to ditch the more political aspects.

Ray spent years toiling as a writer on movies before breaking through as a director with Shattered Glass. He’s since gone on to make just Breach, but he’s also been busy as a script doctor for hire, and found himself attached to the screenplays of some high profile projects, including the 24 movie. Crafting a new version of Secret could bump him to the next level where he will never again be confused with Billy Ray Cyrus, though he’ll have to be careful of the pitfalls.

Some conversion jobs win plaudits and find success, while others (such as the recent Let Me In) do a great job of winning over sceptical people who aren’t sure the remake needed to happen in the first place - but they still don’t necessarily end up doing big business. With original filmmaker Juan Jose Campbell on board as a producer (though how much influence he’ll want or have isn’t known), Warners will no doubt be hoping this one can hit that critical and commercial sweet spot – assuming it actually manages to get through development intact…


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RE: Secret in their Eyes
L: Pigeon Army L: elab49 It's like 'The Girl Who' in a way - where exactly are they going to get the Swedish parallel of national support for the Nazis, which is part of what runs through the family business in the first book (not a spoiler, it's a regular issue in Swedish cinema and literature). epublicans? heard Fincher was remaking "the girl with the dragon tattoo" in a Swedish setting as opposed to American, but of course with English accents rather than those of the S More

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Only if they eventually become circumspect about acknowledging it publicly p; It's like in You, The Living - when they whip the tablecloth off. Something under the surface - a national embarassment but which some aren't embarassed about. More

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RE: Secret in their Eyes
L: elab49 It's like 'The Girl Who' in a way - where exactly are they going to get the Swedish parallel of national support for the Nazis, which is part of what runs through the family business in the first book (not a spoiler, it's a regular issue in Swedish cinema and literature). epublicans? More

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gest issue facing the producers is finding an American parallel for the 1970s-set focus on the country's military junta, or deciding whether to ditch the more political aspects.bsolutely. In which case they shouldn't bother going ahead. Or just accept they haven't gotten one of the basic and most fundamental parts of what the film is about in terms of the big picture on putting the past behind you. It's like 'The Girl Who' in a way - where exactly are they going to get the Swedish parallel More

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