Put this under the label of really bad ideas. Seriously, how can any film lover get excited when they learn that a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie is being remade by the guys who remade A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th? Well, Platinum Dunes is giving it the old college try with a Birds remake and hired Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen to direct the movie.
Remember how bad the Psycho remake was? At least Gus Van Sant had his heart in the right place. Honestly, all Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes is doing is finding movies with name quality and throwing out sub-par remakes. Now, I don’t hate them as much as others – when they are remaking stuff like The Hills Have Eyes – but this is Alfred Freaking Hitchcock.
Think about this: when Hitchcock was considering making his first horror film, Psycho, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to make a horror movie. But he decided to do it only if he could make it without bothering with the cheap horror techniques that made horror low-brow to begin with. Roman Polanski did the same thing with Rosemary’s Baby. Now, both of those movies are being remade and I fear the new filmmakers won’t have the same care to make the movies something more than just schlocky horror movies.
The new Birds remake will not be based on Hitchcock’s version of the movie but instead on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier that Hitchcock’s movie was originally based on. That was the same thing that Spike Lee did with the Oldboy remake and we all saw how that turned out.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter