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Open Your Eyes... for Vanilla Sky
Those of you who saw the fabulous original will know the complex story deals in virtual reality, romance and revenge with a Matrix-like twist at the end although to be fair it did what you saw in that Keanu Reeves hit first. Those of you who didnt see Amenabars follow-up to Thesis are better off not knowing too much about the plot. The remake project has long been a passion for Cruise. His company C/W Productions bought the films English-language remake rights in 1998.
Amenabar, currently filming his English-language début - Horror Fantasy The Others for Miramax starring Cruises wife Nicole Kidman - recently told me, It took me ages to really believe that Tom had bought the remake rights. Then I saw the contract and the money and when I was in London he called and asked if we could meet up. He was very nice and enthusiastic and offered me the directing job if I wanted it. But although I appreciated the gesture, I declined as I really dont want to make the same film twice...
Bale's On Fire
Bale will play the role of a young Brit whose mother is killed by the dragons. After the dragons have taken over, Bales character becomes a fire chief, the leader of a small clan of survivors. Shooting begins February in the United Kingdom.