Remake: Hitchcock’s Birds
Nobody is going to have to search very far through the archives of EOL to find me, on more than one occasion, sprooking off about how redundant most movie remakes are. However this is one of those rare occasions where I’m actually thinking that the movie in the cross hairs may possibly benefit greatly from a modernised retelling… and there are very few Hitchcock films that I’d dare say that about.
The extremely talented Aussie export, Naomi Watts has signed on to play the role of Melanie Daniels in the upcoming remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic ‘The Birds’.
I watched The Birds on TCM (I think it was) the other night and while I think that it still deserves the titles of ‘Classic’ and ‘Master piece’ its age is showing and is, as a result, unlikely to be discovered by the current generation of movie fans. Not that remakes ever really seem to influence people to learn more about the story’s origins (Yes, I’m pointing at those ‘War of the Worlds’ morons again!). And of course this isn’t the first time one of Hitchcock’s classics has been remade either: There was that utterly redundant, shot-for-shot remake of ‘Psycho’ back in ’98 and the movie ‘A Perfect Murder’ (from the same year) was based on the same play which had inspired Hitchcock’s ‘Dial M for Murder’.
What will be interesting to see is where this version of ‘The Birds’ is taken from. Hitchcock’s version was an adaptation of a short story by Daphne Du Maurier and many elements were changed, not the least of which was the setting for the film: Du Maurier originally set the story in England where as the film takes place on the Californian coast. Whether this new version of the film, which is being written by Leslie Dixson (The Thomas Crown Affair), is actually a remake of the Hichcock movie, or a new adaptation of Du Maurier’s short story remains to be seen.
At this point though, the only thing scarier than the birds themselves is the idea that the movie is being produced by Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes – That’s dangerously close to meaning that Bay will be taking on the role of director… which of course will mean that the remake will feature far more explosions than the original. [source]