Screenwriter Ryne Pearson (“Mercury Rising”) will adapt a remake of the Pang brothers thriller “The Eye” for Paramount Pictures-based Cruise/Wagner Prods. and Vertigo Entertainment.
Original pic, from Thailand-based brothers Oxide and Danny Pang and known in Asia as “Jian gui,” is unspooling Stateside via Palm Pictures. It has grossed $219,000 domestically since its June 6 bow. In Spain and the U.K., its gross is a robust $1.6 million.
Story follows a blind girl who, after receiving a cornea transplant, begins to see ghosts among the living. She sets out to uncover the origins of her cornea and the nefarious history of its donor.
Pearson has two other scripts in active development around town: His thriller “Knowing” is set up at Fox Searchlight, with Columbia-based Escape Artists producing, and he wrote “Godspeed” for James Cameron’s Fox-based Lightstorm shingle.
Dimension-based Vertigo also exec produced 2002’s “The Ring” at DreamWorks Pictures, based on Hideo Nakata’s Japanese thriller “Ringu.”
Pearson was repped in the deal by United Talent Agency and Kaplan/Perrone Management.