It was reported ages ago that Hollywood was adding The Birds to their list of remakes. The idea of remaking Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic was hated by many (myself included) and for those people we have some good news:
The Birds remake is apparently dead, at least for now.
On the set of Platinum Dunes' (Michael Bay's production company) A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, producer Brian Fuller explained why the idea of a Birds remake presents problems for them - "We lay ourselves out there and get annihilated out there online all day long and [The Birds] just opens us up to a whole different level of annihilation." In simple terms, Fuller says that, "...it doesn't feel like that's [The Birds is] up next for us."
Fuller and co-producer Andrew Form pointed out a specific problem with remaking The Birds, other than the fact they're remaking it, of course. The idea of birds attacking may have worked in the '60s, under the skillful watch and guidance of the late-great Mr. Hitchcock, but the two producers have said that all birds do is, "peck and poke," and that, "there's not a lot of variety as to what can happen." I can completely see where they're coming from with those comments, as, admittedly, birds don't really do much. And with the horror remake likes of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and Friday the 13th that Platinum Dunes have under their name that amp up the bloody side of horror (I'm sure Elm Street will follow in their footsteps), I don't think The Birds is suited to their usual style.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is against the idea of remaking Hitchcock's classic film. It just doesn't need to be remade, plain and simple, and the only reason I can see that Hollywood would want to remake it is because of the name recognition it would bring, and hence $$. The only resemblance of interest I had in the project was that Naomi Watts was apparently set to star in the lead role that Tippi Hedren played in the original (Watts is suited to the role, you must admit). But even then I would rather they just not remake it.
Needless to say I'm glad this looks to be not happening, or at least not for a while. I hope Platinum comes to their senses and drops the project altogether: Hitchcock is no longer with us, please don't attempt to make a new version of one of his best films.
Hollywood, didn't the remake of Psycho teach you anything?
Are you glad The Birds remake appears not to be happening for the time being? Do you think a remake is at all worthy?