Nakata gets an ‘Eye’ job

Cruise/Wagner set to produce thriller

A correction was made to this article on March 15, 2005.

Hideo Nakata has his eye on “The Eye.”

The Japanese director, fresh from helming “The Ring Two” for DreamWorks, has signed with Paramount for its remake of Pang brothers thriller “The Eye,” produced by Paramount-based Cruise/Wagner Prods.

Original, produced by Thailand-based Oxide and Danny Pang, grossed more than $10 million worldwide. Story follows a 20-year-old blind woman who, after receiving a corneal transplant, begins to see mysterious figures among the living who foreshadow death. She therefore sets out to uncover the origins of her corneas.

Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, who acquired remake rights in 2002, are producing; Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment exec produce. Current writers are Sebastian Gutierrez and Hillary Seitz; Par exec VP Brian Witten and Ed Goemans are overseeing for the studio.

“This will be a very scary movie,” Wagner said.

Nakata was the director on the original “Ringu,” released in Japan and the basis for DreamWorks 2002 horror pic “The Ring.” Nakata also directed that film’s Japanese sequel.

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