Vanilla Sky is a remake of Alejandro Amenabar's Abre los ojos ("Open Your Eyes"), a superb thriller that brought him offers from Hollywood, which he accepted to make The Others. In addition to beckoning Amenabar away from Spain, Hollywood also purchased the rights to remake Abre los ojos. It's no secret that American audiences are wary of foreign language movies, so producers saw tremendous potential for Abre los ojos if they could Americanize it and inject recognizable American movie stars in the main roles. So Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz eagerly signed on, and Penelope Cruz (Cruise's newest beau after his recent divorce) agreed to reprise her role from the original film. And Cameron Crowe, who recently scored big with Almost Famous, signed on as director and screenwriter.
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