Pacino packs it in on ‘Eyes’

After months of talks between filmmaker Brian DePalma, Paramount execs and Al Pacino about starring opposite Nicolas Cage in “Snake Eyes,” Pacino officially has passed. The studio now is eyeing a handful of other actors, including Gary Sinise, to star the action thriller written by David Koepp. The thing is, Paramount Pictures could have had a Cage-Will Smith movie on their slate for 1998 in “Snake Eyes.” Smith and Paramount split ways, in part, over the $12 million the studio was unwilling to ante up for the actor to star in the film. With “Men in Black” busting box office records, Smith reps are now said to be asking $20 million per picture.

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