Billy Ray (State of Play) has signed to write and direct an English language version of The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos).
The plot centres on a retired prosecutor who writes a novel in an attempt to exorcise the memory of a brutal unsolved murder, while also dealing with the re-emergence of his unrequited love interest from years gone by.
Ray said: “I want to try to make the movie that Anthony Minghella would have made from this material. Or Alan Pakula. I know that’s setting the bar high, but it’s the only reason to take something like this on.”
He added: “I am beyond excited about it – feeling truly privileged that a studio would take a shot on this kind of material.”
Ray recently finished work on the script for the 24 movie and has also adapted Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy for the big screen.