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Production News: The Secret in Their Eyes Remake, Downey/McQueen’s Yucatan, Gravity, The Hobbit

Production News: The Secret in Their Eyes Remake, Downey/McQueen's Yucatan, Gravity, The Hobbit

– When a foreign film earns both critical and audience support (think Let the Right One In and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) –not to mention a Best Foreign Language film Oscar –the remake question comes up. Juan Jose Campanella’s Argentine The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos) may flicker again as an English language remake at Warner Bros. The studio is in final talks for remake rights and have lined up Billy Ray (director of Shattered Glass and Breach, writer of Flightplan) to write and direct, and producer-writer-director-editor Campanella to produce. The thriller traces an ex-federal justice agent’s relationship to an old murder case that haunts him and his romantic feelings for his former boss, with many flashbacks to 1974. Where and when the remake will be set is pending, but the fundamental reasons to remake this film will hopefully stay true: a gripping story with characters we care about.

– Team Downey, a.k.a. Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey, have Steve McQueen’s original story Yucatan up and running. Downey will star as a renegade deep-sea salvage expert sent to steal an underwater hidden treasure amidst the Mayan ruins of Yucatan. McQueen created 1,500 pages of notes and storyboards in the 1960s, hoping it would become his own starring vehicle. The notebooks were found by his son and godson and landed at Warner Bros. almost immediately. Downey will have to take it from here.

– The quagmire surrounding The Hobbit‘s union battles and location continues as Peter Jackson and New Zealand fight to keep the production at home. Canada’s actors’ union ACTRA declares: “You can’t hide here.”

– Natalie Portman has declined two leads now, in both Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which she will now only produce. It’s now up to Sandra Bullock to keep Gravity from sinking.

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