Oscar winner signs on for Par thriller
Renee Zellweger has her eye on “The Eye” for Paramount.Studio signed thesp for its remake of the Pang brothers’ thriller, to be produced by Paramount-based Cruise/Wagner Prods. with Hideo Nakata directing. New version of “Eye” is envisioned as a psychological horror film about a girl who sees more than she bargained for when she regains her vision after a cornea transplant. The original version, produced by Thailand-based Oxide and Danny Pang, grossed $10 million-plus worldwide. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, who acquired remake rights in 2002, are producing; Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment exec produce along with Peter Chan. Par co-president of production Brad Weston and Marc Evans are overseeing for the studio. Writers who have worked on the script include Sebastian Gutierrez, Ryne Douglas Pearson and Hillary Seitz. Nakata directed the original Japanese “Ringu,” which was the basis for DreamWorks 2002 horror pic “The Ring.” Nakata also directed that film’s Japanese sequel and “The Ring 2″ for DreamWorks. Zellweger just committed to topline Beatrix Potter biopic “Miss Potter” for David Kirschner Prods. and Phoenix Pictures; Chris Noonan is helming.