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The names Michael Bay and Alfred Hitchcock should never be uttered in the same breath unless they are the answer to the question "do you know which directors are the polar opposite of one another?", but today we have some news regarding the Bay produced remake of the classic The Birds. Having been in development for quite a while, Bay's Platinum Dunes and Universal have now found a director to helm the update to the avian horror movie. Variety reports that Danish director Diederik »
- Alex Maidy
Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company are at it again – prepping to remake another classic film that’s sure to have cinephiles howling in outrage. Bay, who’s earned the Internet’s ire for his company’s reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, apparently really loves remakes and making people dislike him. Platinum Dunes has been a big player in the horror-remake business (where it has tackled Tobe Hooper’s seminal The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th), and its latest stays true to its genre roots. The company is hard at work creating a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, and now it has hired a director. Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Roojien has been...
- Mike Bracken
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 »
Producer Michael Bay, his Platinum Dunes production company and Universal will remake director Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 'unexplained bird attacks' suspense/horror feature "The Birds", adapting author Daphne du Maurier's 1952 novelette, to be directed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen ("Penoza"):
"...'Melanie Daniels', a modern rich socialite is part of a jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer 'Mitch Brenner' sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother 'Lydia' and younger sister 'Cathy'.
"Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. »
- Michael Stevens
Universal Pictures has been working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" for many years with George Clooney and Naomi Watts attached to star. The project kept falling apart, because the studio felt that it couldn't get the script right. Now comes word that Dutch director Diederik van Rooijen, who's best known for his Dutch TV series "Penoza" that has been remade for Us audiences as "Red Widow," was hired to helm the remake. The original 1963 film, starring Tippi Hedren, featured hordes of sinister birds. The movie spawned a horror sub-genre called "nature on the attack." »
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
A high octane thrill ride of a remake like Gareth Edwards. upcoming Godzilla can temporarily make one forget that there are hundreds of haphazard money grab remakes hovering just on the horizon. One of the most glaring of these potential crapfests is the updated version of Alfred Hitchcock.s The Birds coming from Mandalay Pictures and Michael Bay.s Platinum Dunes. There have been directors of varying quality attached to this unneeded project in the past, but the latest to sign on could be the most inspired choice yet, as Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will fly with The Birds as his English-language studio debut. Even after reading it and typing it, my brain is still having trouble mulling it over. Van Rooijen is quite an accomplished director in his own country, though American audiences may know him from the solid 2012 thriller Taped (which has an English remake coming) or »
The new film is expected to be a much closer adaptation of the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, to which Universal owns the rights and which inspired Hitchcock's famous 1963 movie.
Tippi Hedren starred in the Hitchcock film about an increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town.
Numerous writers have worked on the remake over the past decade, so it's unknown what form the project will take at this time.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of remakes and reboots dominating the box office. From Robocop to About Last Night and a few dozen in between, Hollywood’s going back through its greatest hits to slap a fresh coat of paint on old favorites. Not that this is any kind of new occurrence, but the frequency in which these films are getting remade seems to be just a bit more amplified lately. Added to the pile is Alfred Hitchcock‘s seminal classic The Birds, a long-gestating project that is finally getting off the ground after years in limbo. The Birds is the 1963 thriller starring Tippi Hendren as a woman on the run from hordes of terrifying and evil avian attackers, hellbent on taking down any humans in their path. Anyone even a little familiar with Hitchcock or cinema knows the iconic image of Hendren cowering in a phone booth as sinister birds crash »
- Samantha Wilson
Michael Bay’s upcoming remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1963 classic The Birds continues to head closer for reality, with the announcement that dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will helm the new version, which is produced by Bay under his Platinum Dunes banner.
Not many plot details have been revealed for this new incarnation of the classic horror, which was published in 1952 by Daphne du Maurier. The original story followed a grizzled war veteran living on the Cornish seaside town who begins to notice flocks of Birds exhibiting strange and menacing behaviour. It’s much more likely though that Bay’s remake will instead adapt Hitchcock’s film, which moved the setting to California and changed a large number of plot details and characters.
Another pointless Michael Bay remake? »
- Matt Dennis
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
A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds has been talked about numerous times over the years, but the project looks to be moving forward with the news that a director has been selected. According to Variety, Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped) is on board to direct for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures.
There are no additional details at this time, but we’ll let readers know as soon as we hear anything of interest. Released in 1963, here’s a clip from the Alfred Hitchcock classic:
“Nothing equals The Birds for sheer terror when Alfred Hitchcock unleashes his foul friends in one of his most shocking and memorable masterpieces. As beautiful blonde Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) rolls into Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), she is inexplicably attacked by a seagull. Suddenly thousands of birds are flocking into town, preying on »
- Jonathan James
I can't believe Michael Bay is actually going to go through with this remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film The Birds. The movie is set up at Universal Pictures under Bay's Platinum Dunes production company. They've hired Norwegian filmmaker Diederik Van Rouijen to direct the remake. I'm not really familiar with anything that he's done, but I guess they saw something in him.
The story for the original film follows a San Francisco socialite who moves to a small northern California town that suddenly comes under attack by a horde of violent birds hellbent on attacking and killing people.
There are no plot details for the remake, but it imagine it will basically be the same thing as the first movie. I'm sure it will just be a contemporary retelling of it. It always irks me when someone thinks that remaking an Hitchcock movie is a bright idea. I'm not expecting much from this, »
- Joey Paur
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 this pic are unknown at this time.
Van Rooijen is repped by Wme and best known for his foreign film “Taped.”
- Justin Kroll
Have you heard the name Diederik Van Rooijenc If so you're probably Dutch and have a familiarity with a television series titled "Penoza", which has now been remade as ABC's "Red Widow", or the thriller Taped. Otherwise, he's a complete unknown and he just might be making his Hollywood feature debut with a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds for Universal and producer Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. The project has been discussed for as long as I can remember with Naomi Watts tipped to take over Tippi Hedren's role from the '63 original, which saw a horde of birds attacking San Francisco inhabitants. Jonathan Herman wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay with word this film will likely nod more toward Daphne du Maurier's short story than did Hitchcock's. I'm not certain, but I believe this may be the first time a director has actually been »
- Brad Brevet
The 1963 original classic The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, centered on a socialite who moves from San Francisco to a small town in Northern California, which comes under attack by a number of different bird species. Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette starred in the thriller.
The script has been worked on by a number of writers, including Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White and Leslie Dixon, although it isn't known which draft is being used.
Dutch helmer Diederik Van Rooijen has signed on to direct the re-imagining of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, which Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures are producing for Universal. Van Rooijen is best known as the writer and director of the Dutch television series Penoza, which has been remade for U.S. audiences as ABC's Red Widow. He also directed in his homeland the thriller Taped, which has an English-language adaptation in the works at Sony with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (The Great Gatsby) producing. The Birds would mark his studio feature debut. Naomi Watts has
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
Universal Pictures has hired Dutch helmer Diederik Van Rooijen to direct the remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds , which Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures are producing. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and mentions that Van Rooijen is best known as the writer and director of the Dutch TV series "Penoza," which has been remade for U.S. audiences as ABC's "Red Widow." Naomi Watts was attached to star in the film for a while, but she is no longer involved. The most recent version of the script was written by Jonathan Herman. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing at Platinum Dunes, while Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman are producing for Mandalay Pictures. »
The '80s and '90s brought us some of the best cartoons ever made, but one thing that made '90s cartoons so special is how irreverent and pop-culture oriented they were. Suddenly we were inundated with shockingly adult innuendos and obscure movie references that flew over the heads of most children watching these cartoons. Horror films were no exception - these show-runners loved to drop references to everything from horror classics to '80s slashers. Here are ten of my favorites: The Critic - "Miserable" (1994) The Critic was short-lived but beloved by fans for its hilarious movie parodies that lampooned everything from Orson Welles to Ace Ventura. The most memorable horror spoof was entitled "Miserable" wherein titular critic Jay Sherman gets kidnapped by his biggest fan in an obvious parody of Misery (1990). Even the gruesome woodblock/sledgehammer scene makes an appearance. Bobby's World - "Adventures in Bobby Sitting »
- Heather Seebach
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