Birds Remake Attracts Talent

The remake news du jour has Casino Royal director Martin Campbell in negotiations to helm Universal Pictures’ re-do of the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds. According to The Hollywood Reporter, we may even see Naomi Watts (King Kong, The Ring) being attacked by CG birds in the role that made a star of Tippi Hedren.

Released in 1963, The Birds has a California coastal town under attack by crazed birds of all varieties. The pic’s blue screen and traveling matte effects where cutting-edge for the time but are a bit dated now. Producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller plan to update it through their Platinum Dunes shingle, and Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman are producing via Mandalay Pictures.

Hedren returned for Showtime’s 1994 made-for-TV sequel Birds II: Land’s End, which didn’t get much love from horror fans, much less Hitchcock followers. One of the two directors of the film even opted to use the infamous ‘Alan Smithee’ psyudonym, if that tells you anything. Director Gus Van Sant last attempted to update Hitchcock with his 1998 shot-for-shot remake of Psycho, which performed poorly at the box office.