Friday marks twenty-five years since the death of Alfred Hitchcock, which is apparently enough time that they’re taking down the velvet rope and letting people prance on his grave. In a figurative sense. The second Hitchcock remake in so many weeks has been announced (the first, "Strangers on a Train," is set to be directed by Noam Murro) â€” this time, they’re talking about redoing no less than "The Birds," a film that seemed comfortably ensconced as an untouchable classic. To revisit, previous remakes of either films by Hitchcock or retakes of source material already made iconic by the master are Gus Van Sant‘s arty shot-by-shot recreation/homage of "Psycho," and the blah "A Perfect Murder," which was a remake of "Dial M for Murder." Despite our shrillness, we’ll be honest â€” we’re not going to get all huffy about the sacredness of Hitchcock’s films, which will remain pristine no matter how many wretched remakes they inspire. It’s just…"The Birds" isn’t great because of its plotline â€” its plotline is pretty damn silly. Hitchcock turned it into what has always been for us one of the strangest (and most effective) depictions of feminine competition, cruelty, and fear of being forgotten/abandoned, all incarnated (inexplicably) in avian attacks. In the hands of a lesser director (and aren’t they all?), the movie seems doomed to end up more like CBS’s "Locusts!"
Another remake in the works â€” Swiss actor Vincent Perez, who’s previously made a career as an attractive Gallic-ish setpiece in various period films, will direct David Duchovny in "The Secret," based on this Japanese novel, which has already been adapted into a film in Japan, 1999’s "Himitsu." The film’s about a man whose teenage daughter becomes possessed by the spirit of his dead wife (the girl’s mother). And a trailer to watch, via Coming Soon â€” "Ã€ Tout de Suite" was written and directed by BenoÃ®t Jacquot, who happens to be on the Cannes jury this year (the New York Times published this interview with star Isild Le Besco on Sunday).
+ ‘Birds’ to fly again in Uni remake (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Director Vincent Perez Has ‘Secret’ for Duchovny (Reuters)
+ Ã€ Tout de Suite (ComingSoon)