Cameron Crowe's thriller Vanilla Sky hits US movie theaters December 14, giving filmgoers their first chance to see real-life couple Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the big screen.
The film, a remake of Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar's 1997 Abre les Ojos (Open Your Eyes), stars Cruise as a rich and influential New York ad executive who falls for Cruz's Sofia, a young Spanish ballet dancer.
But an encounter with a suicidal ex-girlfriend played by Cameron Diaz and a subsequent car accident leave Cruise's character horribly disfigured and plunged in a surreal and confusing Big Apple.
"A few years back, Tom saw 'Abre los ojos' -- he loved it, and bought the rights" to produce a US version of the film, Amenabar told AFP during a recent visit to Los Angeles.
Cruz is the link between the two films -- she stars in the same role in both versions.
Cruise first asked Amenabar to direct the new film, but he refused, instead opting to direct the supernatural thriller, The Others, which starred Cruise's ex-wife, Australian actress Nicole Kidman.
Crowe reworked the story, telling the US magazine Entertainment Weekly it was "like a song our band really liked."
"We decided to cover it our own way," he explained.
The film's upcoming release has been upstaged in the media by the real-life romance between its co-stars, who appeared together in public for the first time in August, just a week after Cruise and Kidman's divorce became final -- AFP
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