Tuesday, April 26

remake . the birds

thanks to the hollywood reporter, today has just got feathered. one of my all time inspirational films is about to get the remake treatment. oh save it. i'm tired of everyone asking "why?" and "this movie doesn't need a remake!" bullsh!t. just stop. no one is touching the original classic, which i love. but i get school girl happy when the hollywood power players decide to remake a film for a new audience. i can't wait for the theatrical teasers. i can't wait for the casting. who's going to replace one of my first gentlemen crushes, rod taylor. he was amazing on the big [tv] screen. i wanted to kiss him so bad.

i've been hoping they would remake the movie that changed my life. poltergeist. i have my own personal reasons why this film is so f!cking special. a midnight showing for this haunted funhouse is about to happen on mother's day weekend here in dallas area... but i've already seen the great midnight showing last halloween at the same theatre, upstairs in the haunted screenin room. for those interested in great midnight showings in the dallas area, check out landmark theatres, inwood theatre. if you're in the area on may 20-21st, PYSCHO has its 2 night midnight showings.

"The Birds," Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 horror tale, looks to be taking flight again as a Universal Pictures remake. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle is in negotiations to produce the film with Peter Guber though his Mandalay Pictures banner. The new version would be based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, to which Universal owns the rights and which inspired Hitchcock's movie. Tippi Hedren starred in the original thriller about increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town. It won't be the first time Universal, which was Hitchcock's home for the latter part of the producer-director's career, has been part of a remake of the master. In 1998, Gus Van Sant directed a scene-for-scene remake of "Psycho" for the studio. That same year, Warner Bros. Pictures and Koppelson Entertainment turned out "A Perfect Murder," based on the play that inspired Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder." And at Warners -- underscoring the rage for Hitchcock remakes -- the studio is mounting a new version of "Strangers on a Train," based on the Patricia Highsmith novel that was the basis for the Hitchcock film. Platinum -- run by Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller -- is no stranger to the remake genre itself. Its most recent offering, "The Amityville Horror," has taken in more than $43 million after two weekends at the domestic boxoffice. Platinum remade "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and recently set up a remake of "The Hitcher" with Focus Features to be released through Focus' genre label, Rogue Pictures. - hollywood reporter


Blogger Rod said...

That's Tippi at top, right? Hitch always liked that ice cool blonds, Tippi, Eva St. Marie, Janet Leigh .. very detached, almost clinical performances.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

What did you think of the remake of Hitchcock's signature works, Psycho, with Vince Vaugh and William H. Macy?

Personally I don't understand the logic of the remake. Movies aren't like plays, that can be adapted by one director after another. In films the story becomes so identified with the visual elements (actors and direction) that it is jarring to see the story in another form. For me at least. And who would want to have the task of reimagining a Hitchcock work? Such a task begs comparision to the original, a comparision which is weighted toward Hitchcock.

7:14 PM  
Blogger aguysite said...

well.. being a fan of the original psycho, i was very eager to see a gayish director attempt a shot by shot remake.

in final viewing, i loathed anne heche's performance but loved her shower scene... and i may get crap for this, but i loved her death scene better than janet leigh's but janet's scream will never be mastered by another. vince vaughn was just as good as the original mr. bates but gave him a modern creepy twist that the original could not bring to the screen. i based psycho's remake just on performances because set design was mastered by the original, only copied in the remake.

as for remakes, to each their own. i understand from your insightful feedback that you are not a fan of remakes. those directors want a challenge. a personal challenge that most of us can not comprehend.

what i like to think is that a remake just makes the original that more special in our cinematic eyes. and it gives the audience, in which most of us take for granted, the ability to give hollywood the final say if movies deserve remakes. since moviegoers attend remakes in today's cinemas, hollywood thinks the average moviegoer enjoys them. i have yet to see a protest in front of a theatre boycotting a remake. should it come down to that?

"the birds" is just a masterpiece that i'm not upset getting the remake treatment. i would be more upset if they tampered with the original. but... at least you can say to those asking of your advice... "Which one is better, the original or the remake?" I'm sure you'll have the right answer for them.

thank you for your post.

8:27 PM  

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