In 2010, Argentinian director Juan José Campanella won an Academy Award for his film The Secret in their Eyes. The story successfully utilizes several traditional themes, such as the detective hero haunted perpetually by an unsolved murder, as an authorial protagonist blurring the lines between fiction and reality and even the simple facet of unrequited love. The movie was a terrific exploit: well-acted, well-written, well-directed. A wonderful product.
So why not remake it? That’s what Billy Ray says, anyhow.
Well, Billy, if you’re going to remake it, you should at least get some good people involved. Now, you may have to do this gradually. It’s a little known film, so you’re probably not going to get anyone that famous right out the—what? Denzel Washington? Okay, never mind.
So, Ray (who directed Shattered Glass and wrote Volcano) has offered the lead role of the retired detective/writer/heartbreakee to Denzel. No word on whether or not Mr. Washington will accept. He is actually busier than he has been in a while, with Flight and Safe House on the horizon.
If this project does materialize, it’s not something we should immediately discount. Billy Ray has had written several successful films, and Denzel Washington was in The Might Quinn. It speaks to Ray’s artistic character that he’s interested in taking on a lesser known but dense project such as this. So let us await this remake with reverence.
After all, remakes are just the way of the world now. The practice is no longer limited to older films; now we’re tackling movies that are less than two years old. Pretty soon, all movies will be remakes. And all remakes will be sequels. And all sequels will be threequels. And after that… well… you’ll see.
You’ll all see.