The notion of remaking Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds was absurd from day one, and now the Platinum Dunes guys are suggesting they’ve started to see the light. “We lay ourselves out there and get annihilated out there online all day long,” said producer Brad Fuller during a chat with journos on the set of A Nightmare on Elm St., “and [The Birds] just opens us up to a whole different level of annihilation.” What’s the conclusion? “…it doesn’t feel like that’s up next for us.” More pecking around the corpse of The Birds and the (still?) planned Rosemary’s Baby re-do after the jump. Read More »
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While at Comic Con, I got the opportunity to sit down and talk one-on-one with Friday the 13th producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, both of whom were nice enough to give me the lowdown as to what stage of production their other upcoming remakes are currently at.
Here’s what they said about each…
The Birds – “Martin Campbell is going to be directing that. Naomi Watts has said that she wants to star in the movie. We have a treatment that we’re submitting to the studio in the next week or so. And if they sign off on that treatment, we’ll go to script, and hopefully we’ll have a script that’s shootable next summer.”
Nightmare on Elm Street – “We don’t have a deal to do that yet. We’re hoping that will happen soon. But as of today, we don’t have a deal. New Line hired a writer, Wesley Strick, to start writing it. And we have nothing to do with it except maybe ask them to hire us.”
“We’re close. A deal’s being set.”
Rosemary’s Baby – “We’re in the process of hiring a writer, to kind of update that movie. That’s the next movie that we’re making with Paramount Studios.”
For those that don’t know, Martin Campbell is the director of Casino Royale, so as far as I’m concerned, a remake of The Birds might very likely be excellent. That doesn’t necessarily mean it should be made, but I definitely have more faith in it than these other two potential projects. I can at least see a new version of The Birds existing without detracting from the original, but attempting to remake Rosemary’s Baby just seems beyond pointless. And it’s kind of hard to have any high hopes for Nightmare on Elm Street when the only name connected to it as of now is Wesley Strick, the screenwriter for The Glass House and Doom.
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Follow me as we once again ride the slippery mud (shit?) slide that is Hollywood’s modern remake obsession. Blowing a loud horn all across Movieland today, STYD reports that Michael Bay‘s production company, Platinum Dunes, is on the hunt for writers to pen a remake of Rosemary’s Baby, the 1968 classic horror film directed by Roman Polanski.
Platinum Dunes is already on many a horror fan’s hit-list for their upcoming remake of Friday the 13th (which I’m cool with) and their scheduled remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (which I’m not cool with). But Rosemary’s Baby remains one of the most respected and classy horror films ever made, on par with Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho; a remake treatment characteristic of PD, which means high gloss T&A&S&M, is mighty hard to swallow.
The original film tells the tale of a New York married couple (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) that moves into an equally stunning and freaky building and befriends an odd elderly couple. The wife, Rosemary, become pregnant, and is stricken with a heavy dose of Polanski’s signature swirling paranoia. The baby, you see, is no less than the spawn of Satan, and everyone is in on it.
The Dunes’ producing team of Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form is seeing this one through the womb of hell over at Paramount. And yes, they’re also delivering the remake of Hitchcock’s The Birds. Do you think Platinum Dunes has a flashy delivery room filled with vacant cribs labeled The Exorcist, The Burning, The Thing et al.?
Discuss: Should Michael Bay play the devil, or should Satan himself make a cameo to celebrate a new creative low in Hollywood? Is there a horror film you think is perfect for P. Dunes to remake?
More Discuss: Out of curiousity, are you guys and gals tired of “remake backlash?” Not to sound like a late night infomercial, but do you find it harder and harder to give a damn, since smash-and-grab remakes of classic films are nearly inevitable these days?
No, Jessica Alba isn’t starring in a remake of Scream. The photo above is part of a pictorial Alba did for Latina magazine, where she recreated some famous horror scenes. The other horror films Alba attempts to recreate includes Psycho, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, and even The Ring. Check out some of the other photos after the jump.
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Kindred offers a nice line of Movie Parody Tees, which includes takes aim at everything from Hitchcock’s The Birds to The Big Lebowski, A Clockwork Orange to the Evil Dead. T-shirts are printed on 100% cotton, and are available for $24.99.
Check out some of the more interesting designs after the jump.
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