Billy Ray writing and directing a remake of THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 7th, 2010

Continuing in the vein of recent modern remakes such as LET ME IN and the DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, it appears even Oscar-winning foreign films aren’t safe from the dreaded remake bug.

According to Deadline, writer/director Billy Ray, best known for films like BREACH and SHATTERED GLASS, is set to write and direct a remake of last year’s foreign language Oscar winner, EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS, better known as THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES.

The film follows a former criminal investigator who is haunted by an unsolved crime and a former colleague. The film is an absolutely breathtaking piece of work, and has been one of the more well-received foreign releases in years.

Now, while the first thought you have may be a cynical one, if this film has to be remade, which it appears it was going to no matter who helmed it, there isn’t a better name to spearhead it than one of the best thriller filmmakers alive, Billy Ray. I adore this decision, and hopefully it will follow LET ME IN’s lead and become a film that is something wholly its own, instead of being a close to the vest, shot for shot remake.

What do you think?

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  • Brian Kelley

    Assuming the tone and character work are kept intact and the filmmakers find leads as intensely watchable as Ricardo Darín & Soledad Villamil, this could be quite good. Though this news makes me want to watch the (now original) film again IMMEDIATELY.

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