George Clooney for The Birds remake?

 

According to original star Rod Taylor, Burn After Reading actor George Clooney is the main contender for the lead role in Platinum Dunes’ planned 2009 The Birds remake.

“I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes, but I’ll hold judgement, especially since I’ve been told Clooney’s the favourite.”

Based on a shot story by Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca), the original movie is of course one of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous and tells of birds developing a hostile attitude towards humans. The film is to be helmed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and also stars Naomi Watts (Funny Games).

Fun Fact: The Hitchcock film received an apparently horrible sequel in 1994, The Birds II: Land’s End directed by Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection) who chose to be credited as the infamous Alan Smithee and featuring original lead Tippi Hedren in a different role for some reason.

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Took them long enough: Disturbia getting sued

Nearly everyone with an ounce of movie culture calls Disturbia a Rear Window remake when talking about the 2007 surprise hit film, despite the fact that it isn’t, at least officially. Now, more than a year later, Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, the owners of Murder From A Fixed Viewpoint (the Cornell Woolrich short story that served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film) have taken notice and are finally suing Universal Pictures and DreamWorks for copyright infringement. While Disturbia is a good movie, all I can say is, it’s about time!

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