This project has been circling the green-light for quite some time, but it seems like the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds will finally see the light of day. THR is reporting that Dutch helmer Diederik Van Rooijen, who has worked in film and television in his homeland, is to direct the remake for Universal Pictures.
Interestingly, two of Van Rooijen’s past projects, namely the Dutch television series Penoza and his thriller Taped, are to receive U.S. remakes.
THR also reports that Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, the trio who also produced the horror-remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and A Nightmare on Elm Street, are producing the re-imagining via Platinum Dunes, while Peter Guber and David Zelon are producing for Mandalay Pictures.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, which starred Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, told of a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds suddenly begin to attack people in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
Little else is known about the re-imagining, which has a screenplay by Jonathan Herman. Naomi Watts was attached to star a while back, but that is no longer the case.
Universal has stated that the film will owe more to the Daphne du Maurier short story than the Hitchcock version of the film.
We’ll keep you informed as more information is unveiled.