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'Rosemary's Baby' Remake Off the Table; 'The Birds' Remake On

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Collider recently had the chance to chat with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (the men behind Platinum Dunes) who revealed that their remake of Rosemary’s Baby might not be delivered into theaters any time soon… or ever for that matter.  According to Fuller, We went down that road [Rosemary’s Baby] and we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able.  We couldn’t come up with something where it felt like it was relevant and we could add something to it other than what it was so we’re now not going to be doing that film.”  So there you have it folks, Platinum Dunes not yet ready to take on Oscar-caliber material – or are they?

In 1964 Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was nominated for an Oscar in the visual effects category.  Platinum Dunes has long been planning a Birds remake with Naomi Watts and Martin Campbell, however, those aspirations were thrown to the wind when Campbell recently signed to helm action-thriller Nagasaki Deadline.  So has The Birds been grounded?  Not quite.  “Martin has been working on the script and we’re expecting a script in the next 2-3 weeks,” said Fuller of the project. “But that’s another one where it’s not like Drew, Michael [Bay] and I think that we’re just going to crap all over Alfred Hitchcock’s movie.  I mean, Alfred Hitchcock in a company wide opinion is probably the greatest director of what we do and other things too.  And as someone, that at least Michael and I studied in college and there’s a reverence for him.  So that’s not a movie that we’re just going to step up and just go have birds attacking people and trying to throw that into the box office.  If we can’t make that movie unique or add something to it, I don’t think we’re going to make it.”

The interesting thing here with The Birds remake is that it was previously speculated by star of the original film, Rod Taylor, that George Clooney would step into his shoes for the role of Mitch Brenner.  Taylor, not really a reliable source to begin with, might’ve been mistaken.  While Fuller and Form during their interview mention the film’s director (Campbell) and its female lead (Watts), there was no mention of Clooney.  If you were remaking a movie with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, don’t you think you’d drop his name?  Looks like The Birds could be Clooney-less after all, only time will tell. 

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