Remake of Hitchcock's 'The Birds' gets a director and star
Posted Monday, October 22, 2007 at 10:55 AM Central
by Tim Briscoe
Campbell has been tapped by Universal Pictures to direct a remake of Hitchcock's 1963 thriller The Birds. Naomi Watts will star in the film, presumably in the role made famous by Tippi Hedren. Reports say the film will stay more true to the original Daphne Du Maurier novel than Hitch's film.
In 1998, Gus Van Sant did a shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's classic Psycho. A Perfect Murder was a remake of Dial M for Murder in that same year. There was a TV remake of Rear Window starring Christopher Reeve in '98 as well.
Martin Campbell is a busy man these days. He's doing a crime film titled 36 for Paramount. The auteur is also doing an action-thriller called Unstoppable. He has previously directed the Bond films GoldenEye and Casino Royale as well as two recent Zorro movies.