The Birds (2009)
Plot: Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier, the film is about a flock of birds that
take over a quiet Northern California town.
Cast: Naomi Watts
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
According to the Hollywood Reporter, James Bond director Martin Campbell is circling a
remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic THE BIRDS. Naomi Watts has been loosely attached
to star for some time, but her involvement is script dependent. While Campbell has no
offer to direct the Universal project, the early talks put the potential movie's production
dates past any possible directors and actors strike. THE BIRDS, released by Universal in
1963, featured an avian attack on the California coastal town of Bodega Bay, and marked
the screen debut of Hitchcock's newest ingenue, Tippi Hedren.
Coming three years after "Psycho," it cemented his reputation as a horror director and
launched many "nature on the attack" imitators. The studio says the redo will owe more to
the Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired the Hitchcock film. Among the production
companies behind the new film is Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, which is already reviving
the "Friday the 13th" franchise. Campbell last directed "Casino Royale." His credits include
"Beyond Borders," "The Mask of Zorro" and "GoldenEye."
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