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Jessica Alba In Talks For "The Eye" Remake

Jessica AlbaVariety reports that Lionsgate is negotiating with Jessica Alba to star in the Cruise/Wagner-produced remake of "The Eye."

The original, made in Hong Kong by Thai directing brothers Danny and Oxide Pang, is a thriller about a cornea transplant recipient who sees disturbing images that send her on a quest to find out what happened to the eye's previous owner.

I've seen the Hong Kong version. It's pretty good - suspenseful, creepy, solid visual effects. I never could quite get over the fact that I'd seen the "things going horribly wrong post body part transplant" routine at least once or twice before, though.

Am I excited about a U.S. remake? Not exactly. Some of what makes Asian horror films so different - and compelling - is the different cultural mythos surrounding human relationships with ancestors, ghosts and nature. I think it's very difficult to translate that to a U.S. film in an effective way. Hopefully French directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud - who are in negotiations to helm "The Eye" - will be able to convey some of those themes in the remake.

The film is set to begin shooting this winter. Alba is in talks to make "The Eye" her next picture after the "Fantastic Four" sequel. -- Shannon Nolley


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