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Denzel Washington Offered Lead Role In Remake Of Argentinian Thriller "The Secret In Their Eyes"

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 15, 2011 5:32 AM
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Courtesy of our friends at Twitch who just broke the story... Denzel Washington has reportedly been offered the lead role in the upcoming Warner Brothers remake of the Oscar-winning Argentine crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, which was directed by Juan José Campanella.

The film was based on Eduardo Sacheri's novel La Pregunta de Sus Ojos (The Question in Their Eyes).

Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass) is said to be attached to direct the remake which centers on "a retired legal counselor [who] writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases, and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later."

Obviously Denzel will play the retired legal counselor.

I haven't seen the Argentinian film, but I will seek it out ASAP, and might also add the book it's based on to my to-read stack.

Denzel recently wrapped production on Safe House with Ryan Reynolds, and will next shoot Flight with Robert Zemeckis. Assuming he accepts (or has already accepted) the role in The Secret In Their Eyes, it might be his next.

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10 Comments

  • Dankwa Brooks | September 16, 2011 10:15 AMReply

    I don’t have a problem with foreign remakes, it’s the American remakes I have a problem with. Foreign films are just that…foreign with foreign sensibilities. I think if it’s a worthwhile story, why not remake it with a capable director and expose it to new audiences? I sought out ‘OldBoy’ based solely on the fact that Spike Lee was hired to do the remake and LOVED it. Of course the remake won’t be the same, but in the hands of a capable director it should be good or at least ok. I’m sure the remake of ‘Karate Kid’ lead kids to the original which has been circulating the $5 bin at Wal-Mart to little attention for some time.

    Remaking an American film is ill advised, but like “Karate Kid’ it can still be good given a twist (black kid in China). I sought out the original ‘True Grit’ AFTER I saw the remake and I liked the original better and I don’t even like Westerns…what am I 65?

    I say go forth and make your remake, there are ALWAYS the original films. It’s not like a remake is going to erase the original from the face of the earth.

  • Chinedu | September 16, 2011 4:02 AMReply

    Why do people always make noise about Hollywood 'destroying' an original by remaking. It's just a movie people. I've seen remakes that tops the original and also seen others that are absolutely horrible. Either way it's not a big deal.
    The people that made the original don't hold it as sacred as you guys cos they're always selling off the rights to their films to Hollywood so think about that while you're venting.

    I've seen 'The Secret in their Eyes'. It's one of my fav films of all time. I've been recommending it to film buffs. If ever there was a perfect movie, this will be it or almost it. The amazing stadium sequence still gets me...

  • AlltheRage | September 16, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    Saw the film a couple of years back AFI Fest in LA it was great... it's on Netflix now. I like Denzel and loved the film but I am absolutely sure Hollywood will destroy this film with the swiftness by sanitizing it for American audiences.

  • Jennifer | September 16, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    The hell? Why are they remaking this? Sorry Denzel but HELL NO.

  • AccidentalVisitor | September 15, 2011 10:42 AMReply

    Also....the story was enhanced by its exploration of the dark days of Arentina in the 1970s when a corrupt government was just as likely to be a mortal danger to those on the righteous path as the criminal underworld was. There isn't any modern equivalent in American history unless you consider state goverments (southern states during the civil rights era) rather that the Federal government .

  • AccidentlVisitor | September 15, 2011 9:52 AMReply

    No. The film does not need an English-language Hollywood remake.

  • Bani Productions | September 15, 2011 9:28 AMReply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Why won't these movie executives just leave good things alone?
    I won't see it when it comes out.!!

  • Duncan MaNutz | September 15, 2011 8:48 AMReply

    This is exactly why I have not been to a movie theater in about 5 years....Hollywood, is lazy as fuk....ok maybe 3 years, I did see "Exit through the Gift Shop" at a small theater.....but with all the Bullsh*t that you have to choose from I'd rather save my money and wait for Netflix or Video OnDemand.

    Sad, Sad, Sad...

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  • Romeo Willis | September 15, 2011 6:11 AMReply

    Hahahaha, gon' head Denzel-ly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol, he gettin' work baby!

    P.S. To the writer of this site, I would love to write for you, if you're hiring. You don't even have to pay me money! I just wanna' do it! Plus, you may be writing about me one day. Actually, you WILL :) God bless, keep 'em coming!

  • Clayton | September 15, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    Is this necessary? The Secret in Their Eyes was just the other day. A very good film but... why?


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