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Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own form of molestation courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.
Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite who comes horribly unstuck on a visit to northern California. Reports suggest that Bay's version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumoured to be considering the Hedren role.
Variety reports that the film will be directed by the Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, »
- Xan Brooks
It’s been so long since we’d heard anything concrete about Platinum Dunes' plans to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s classic beaky chiller The Birds that we started to wonder whether it had contracted Avian Flu, kicked the development bucket, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible. But it would appear that re-imagined parrot is alive and squawking, as Variety reports that Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will handle the megaphone.Well, we say, “will”. We’ve been here before on the Birds front, with Martin Campbell previously attached to call the shots and Naomi Watts linked with the lead role in the past. Neither is still involved.Universal and the Platinum Dunes team are, somewhat sensibly, making it clear that this redo will owe more to Daphne du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcock’s film, though the plot is still largely a secret, with Jonathan Herman »
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about Universal Pictures, Mandalay Pictures and Platinum Dunes' remake of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, but if you were hoping that Michael Bay's production company had forgotten about its plans, then I'm afraid you're out of luck.
Variety is reporting that Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) has signed on to direct the film, which Bay is producing alongside Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Peter Guber and David Zelon. The project has previously passed through the hands of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) and Dennis Iliadis (Hardcore, The Last House on the Left), while Naomi Watts was attached to the Tippi Hedren role back when it was first announced in 2007.
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to an ongoing trend of people watching Alfred Hitchock movies and deciding that they could probably do a much better job, there are numerous existing remakes of Hitchcock films and usually at least one or two more in development at any one time.
One planned remake that has been languishing in development hell for years is Universal’s re-imagining of The Birds. Originally set to star Naomi Watts with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directing, producer Brad Fuller later admitted that the film was not at the top of the priorities list for studio Platinum Dunes.
That was several years ago, however, and apparently Platinum Dunes isn’t ready to give up just yet. THR reports ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds has been in development for a long time. Martin Campbell was attached at one point, but for about five years, the idea has sat on a shelf picking up dust. Until today. Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Bay just hired Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen to helm The Birds […]
The post ‘The Birds’ Remake Gets Its Director appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock's tale of avian terror has been rumored and talked about since way back in 2007, but it's been quite some time since we've heard anything about it. Now it looks like The Birds reboot is back on track. Read on for details!
Variety reports that Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures have tapped Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped) to direct a modern day version of The Birds, replacing previously attached directors Martin Campbell and Dennis Iliadis.
The original plotline followed a San Francisco socialite who moves to a small northern California town that is suddenly under attack from various types of birds. Plot details for the remake are unknown at this time.
Universal Pictures executive vice president of »
- John Squires
Movies frequently use 'casinos' as important settings in their stories, with the excitement of 'poker' games contributing to the thrill of those gaming sequences.
In the film, superspy Bond plays a high stakes poker game against evil terrorist 'Le Chiffre', who has his sights on a large pot that he plans to use, to fund his international criminal activities.
A plan which Bond tries his best to foil, with the last hand of the game showing Bond with a hand that doesn't amount to much.
However, in true '007' fashion, Bond wins the hand and (again), saves the world from tyranny.
Many movies set in the 'Old West' also rely on casino scenes, including the 1939 feature "Sunset Trail", also focusing on a high stakes poker game.
During the sequence, the main character has »
- Michael Stevens
You’d think it would be self-evident that there’s no way to tell whether a movie is good or bad until actually seeing it, but it’s not always the case. Although it’s increasing in fervor lately, the anticipatory intensity leading up to a movie’s release has always swayed movie fans’ perception one way or the other. Sometimes the pre-conceived notions of a movie’s quality are accurate, sometimes things thought to be sure-thing masterpieces are anything but. Sometimes, things everyone spends months dreading turn out to be terrific; the stellar reviews for The Lego Movie indicate that it may very well be one of them, and even the Robocop remake, getting some positive early notices, might be one as well. Here are five more movies we all covered our heads for before seeing the light. Casino Royale Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as James Bond yielded one legit Bond classic (Goldeneye) and a handful »
- Danny Bowes
Martin Campbell has signed on to direct the ABC drama pilot “Warriors.”
Project revolves around a group of military doctors and nurses at a facility inspired by the cutting-edge work done at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Campbell’s known for helming Bond pics “Goldeneye” and “Casino Royale,” along with 2011′s “Green Lantern” and 2005′s “The Legend of Zorro.” His previous TV pilot directing jobs have included recent ABC dramas “Killer Women” and “The Last Resort.”
- Cynthia Littleton
The James Bond franchise has had its ups and downs over its 50 year run run, but where it came together for a lot of people after several missteps was the 21st entry. Casino Royale was parallel to other successful reboots like Star Trek, Batman Begins, and X-Men: First Class which honored what had came before whilst injecting new life into their respective franchises.
Martin Campbell was chosen for the film which made sense because he had already cut his teeth on one of the more critically praised Brosnan Bond movies, GoldenEye. GoldenEye had come after a six year hiatus following Timothy Dalton resigning the role which essentially made GoldenEye a 90's version of Casino Royale. Predictably Campbell delivered in spades, pulling in little bits of inspiration from Batman Begins and the Bourne movies to create a grittier, more realistic Bond, pushing the gadgets and supercars to the background. The result »
- Gary Collinson
That particular casting decision was unexpected because Pym is roughly the same age as Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) in the comic books, although it does make sense if reports that part of the movie will take place in the 1960s are accurate.
Regardless, the news led us to look back on some other surprising casting decisions which have been made for comic book movies over the years, both good and bad. Check out our selections below and then be sure to let us whether or not you agree in the comment section!
- Josh Wilding
Believe it or not, but between Jack Ryan and James Bond, the two fan favourite super-spies have been in almost the same amount of movies since 1990 (five vs. seven, respectively). Still, while the Jack Ryan films have always done well at the box office, they were never quite able to turn the Tom Clancy hero into a viable franchise like his British counterpart at MI6. So, 12 years after Ben Affleck tried to reboot Ryan with "The Sum of All Fears," now it's back to square one again for Chris Pine and director Kenneth Branagh.
Based on the popular series of Clancy novels, but not focusing on one story in particular, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" offers up another origin tale for the CIA analyst turned reluctant action hero. After enlisting with the Marines following 9/11, Ryan (Pine) is first recruited by the CIA to go undercover on Wall Street, eventually joining them »
- Rick Mele
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