Less than a week after I saw The Eye at a 2003 film festival, I heard that Tom Cruise's production company had snatched the flick up, and was aiming to remake the thing for Paramount. A bit later we heard that Renee Zellweger might be interested in playing the lead role. And then ... nothing. Until today.

Looks like the horror-lovin' moviemakers over at Lionsgate Films had their own eye on the project, which explains why they snatched it up out of turnaround and jammed it into the quick-production pipeline. The main character will now be played by the billboard-photogenic but amusingly talent-deficient Jessica Alba, whose thighs and breasts you may remember from motion pictures like Honey, Fantastic Four, and Into the Blue. (True, she was also in the supremely excellent Sin City, but she was far and away the weakest link in that particular chain.)

Stepping up to re-jigger the Pang Brothers' well-received chiller are co-directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud; their Ils (Them) is a French thriller that's been making the festival rounds of late.

For those who haven't seen the original, it's about a blind woman who receives some haunted corneas and sees a bunch of dead people before trying to figure out where those pesky new eyeballs came from.
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