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Bond helmer to put Naomi Watts in a flap

19 October 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: Variety

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Whether or not there's any need to remake Alfred Hitchock's classic The Birds is something that could be debated for weeks, likely with the final answer of 'Hell, no'. But if it's going to be tweaked for a modern audience, you might as well get a good team behind it.

For their update of the Daphne Du Maurier story about birds terrorising a town for no obvious reason, Universal already have Naomi Watts for the Tippi Hedren role – a fine choice. And now Martin Campbell is in talks to direct. Campbell is no slouch at breathing new life into established tales, having made Bond seem fresh twice with Goldeneye and Casino Royale. The script is currently still being developed.

The following is a sentence we've not had the opportunity to write a lot lately: The project is not a pre-strike priority and could well not go into production until the actors return from several potential months of watching Jeremy Kyle in their pants and perfecting their  high score on Halo 3.

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Posted by DrZeus at 13:29 on 21 October 2007 | Report This Post

Naomi Watts is in soooo many remakes now. King Kong, Funny Bones and The Birds. If it hadn't been for Eastern Promises I would have wondered whether she'd ever be in remotely original film again (I hope Eastern.. is not a remake as well now I say this). More

Posted by cluesy at 12:22 on 20 October 2007 | Report This Post

There's already been a ropey sequel, so I see no real need for a remake. What can they bring that's new? Barring improved effects, not a lot. Of course, improved effects weren't on offer in The Omen remake. Just bad CG that looked worse than the shots from the original. So maybe they should just leave it. More

Posted by John Firth at 18:30 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

Not needed
Simply because the orginal was so good, and how will CGI improve things? Has CGI ever improved a horror film. You wanna go nuts on it, give it to Neil Marshall. More

Posted by coomi01 at 16:34 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

Nice idea
C'mon people...why does everyone complain all the time on these re-makes. I agree that remaking things like Karate Kid and The Omen are unecessary, but when it comes to Disturbia, The Birds and even Poseidon...I think its good. You get to see a version that takes the benefit of the new technology that wasn't available before. The classics will always be better and will always exist, but to be honest they are kinda slow-moving for today's audience. The Birds 2008/2009...bring it on! More

Posted by KingOfPop at 15:24 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

Not good news, not bad news...
OK, its not the worst thing that Campbell is directing and its going to star Naomi Watts but, I've got to agree with all the other posters so far: why bother? Can you really improve on Hitchcock's original?. What is it with Holywood's obsession with remakes and 're-imaging'? It's like going round to the Sistine Chapel and saying, "You know, this ceiling needs a fresh coat of paint. Lets give Adam an Uzi this time!" Studios must get a zillion scripts a year, they cant all be shite sure More

Posted by Bushman at 13:08 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

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Posted by Bushman at 13:01 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

This is ridiculous. Seems like hollywood's just completely run dry of good ideas. This is just pointless lazy, money grabbing which will fly by the cinema and will be forgotten about the morning after watching it. The original was such a beautiful and amazing experience, but now in 20 years time kids will be looking back at the remake and not the original More

Posted by beaudie85 at 11:35 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

What happened to that chemical train film he was doing, now that sounded good. Oh and also, any actor worth his salt will be playing COD4, not halo 3 ;) More

Posted by CameronJames at 09:33 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

Here we go again
Y'know, it's getting to the point where I can't even be bothered shouting 'NNNOOOOOOOooooooooooo!!!!' at this sort of thing any more. Yeah, it's got a good director and all, but WHY?!?!? More

Posted by raclements at 09:23 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

I may as well kick this off by saying what everyone else is going to say: Why, oh God, why? Yes, it sounds like a good team, but at the end of the day, it's a timeless classic that hasn't dated too badly and there's no reason for this except that Hollywood has run out of ideas. What next? It's a Wonderful Life directed by Eli Roth and staring Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba? More

Posted by dctuck at 08:32 on 19 October 2007 | Report This Post

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