‘The Birds’ Remake from Platinum Dunes Gets a New Director

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Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds The Birds Remake from Platinum Dunes Gets a New Director

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 that Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen (Daylight) has signed on to direct the re-imagining of The Birds, using the most recent draft of the script by Jonathan Herman. Michael Bay and Andrew Form will produce alongside Fuller.

Tippi Hedren in The Birds The Birds Remake from Platinum Dunes Gets a New Director

Naomi Watts is loosely attached to star as Melanie Daniels

Many of Hitchcock’s films were based on short stories or novels – which explains why new versions pop up every once in a while – and The Birds is no exception. Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote the novel upon which Rebecca was based, penned the short story that inspired The Birds, and Universal has emphasized that the new version of the film will draw mainly from the source material rather than Hitchock’s treatment of it.

Some would argue that remaking a movie like The Birds is pointless and unnecessary, since the original version has stood the test of time so well. Others might say that we reached the zenith of evil bird movies with 2010′s Birdemic: Shock and Terror, and anything else would seem like a pale imitation.

Even with a director onboard we’re not going to hold our breath waiting for this version of The Birds to get off the ground, given how long it’s been gestating for. Van Rooijen is the third director to become attached to the project so far, but only time will tell if he’ll have better luck than Campbell or Dennis Iliadis.


We’ll keep you updated on The Birds as development continues.

Source: THR

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  1. Lately I’ve been telling myself to be positive about remakes and such, but reading this isn’t helping! I will be patient and judge it if it goes ahead and is released but I currently am not excited one bit. Especially when I see the name Michael Bay thrown in there. I know he’s only producing but just saying that I saw ‘The Birds’ and ‘Michael Bay’ near each other. *shudders* I’d rather they do the Disturbia thing and be heavily inspired (by Rear Window) yet not let it be an official remake that shares the same name. I’d also recommend people who haven’t saw The Birds to watch it.

  2. Since this is Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay should have directed it so we can see racist birds flying around and dropping egg bombs everywhere.

    • +1000

  3. Platinum Dunes is a joke!

    • While I agree that they are a joke I stopped laughing a long time ago.

  4. Hell im still waiting for that Creature from the black lagoon remake, and Island of dr moreau.

    • Thta’s right, what happened to those? I would give them both a watch. In the meantime, I did enjoy the original “The Birds”, and would give the remake of that a watch as well.

      • I also enjoy Mel Brooks’s parody scene of The Birds in High Anxiety (and the rest of the movie as well).

  5. Redbox.

  6. Is it a coincidence that Screenrant ran an article trying to focus on the pros of remakes and reboots and the last week has been a deluge of articles about remakes ?

    • Yes. It’s a coincidence or just them noticing the way the movie industry has changed.

  7. Are we going to have to start threatening bodily harm on ourselves to get them to stop making remakes? Like lying down in front of tanks?

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