It’s an unfortunately typical turn of events these days: Word has come down through the grapevine that yet another U.S. filmmaking debut by up-and-coming foreign talent has been taken out of that talent’s hands.
This time it’s THE EYE, the Lionsgate chiller that was originally helmed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, the French duo who made such a frightening debut with ILS/THEM.
Now word is that Lionsgate recently ordered two weeks of reshoots without them; instead, the man helming the new footage is Patrick Lussier, director of DRACULA 2000, its two follow-ups and the upcoming WHITE NOISE: THE LIGHT. This situation seems either ironic or appropriate, given that THE EYE is a remake of the popular Asian chiller by the Pang Brothers—who were removed from their Hollywood debut, THE MESSENGERS, which had new footage guided by Eduardo Rodriguez. The new EYE stars Jessica Alba and is currently scheduled for release February 1.