Tippi Hedren - The Birds
"Why would you do that? Why?" - Tippi Hedren, speaking earlier this week regarding the news of the forthcoming remake of The Birds.
Initial reactions to the remake have been suitably scathing, especially when one considers the producer of the remake is Michael Bay! Yes, really.
However, on the bright side he isn't directing. That honour falls to Diederik van Rooijen who, it is said, is close to casting Naomi Watts and will return the film to its original English setting.
The Birds was based on a fabulously spooky short story from the pen of Cornish writer Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, Don't Look Now to name but two) Obviously Hitchcock's film is a revered classic, but it's not faithful to the source material. As such I think there may be some mileage in this remake if it is more of an adaptation of du Maurier's tale.