Naomi Watts Joins Bay's Birds Flock

Watts steps in for Tippi Hedren; Campbell in talks to direct.

Finally, something truly terrifying has come out of Hollywood. Make sure you're sitting down, and don't say we didn't warn you -- this news is not for the faint of heart.

That long-threatened remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is on its way, and Michael Bay is still involved.

Okay, okay -- don't jump off those ledges just yet. Bay will be in the producer's chair for the new Birds; as Variety reports, his Platinum Dunes shingle will be working with Mandalay Pictures and Universal on a "reimagining" of the Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired Hitchcock's 1963 classic.

The updated Birds isn't being rushed out pre-strike, but it's already got a pair of names attached -- Naomi Watts has agreed to star, and Martin Campbell is in talks to direct. Variety's report names Stiles White and Juliet Snowden as having written a "script that is still being developed" and says that "new scribes may be brought aboard."

Source: Variety

Comments

Seihaku

First Last

Naomi Watts? Martin Campbell? Worthless remake or not, I'd be there.

Oct 19 - 06:10 AM

Albert

Alberto De la Hoz

You had me at Naomi Watts. Though that was near the end of the article.

Oct 19 - 06:16 AM

LFMartins

Luis Martins

Any day now,we will have a "Gone with the wind" Remake with Lindsay Lohan and Hugh Jackman.

Oct 19 - 06:45 AM

Ciaranmv

Ciaran Vejby

Ooh, yes! I'd see that... NOOOTTT!!!

Oct 19 - 11:36 AM

Plinko

Joshy Woshy

It's a shame that Bay isn't directing.

Oct 19 - 06:58 AM

h-town24

frank ford

I think Bay could have done some crazy scenes with the birds! But, I'm loving Campbell and Watts!

Oct 19 - 07:38 AM

steeminwbeamen

Jeff Dunavant

but birds don't explode.

Oct 19 - 07:42 AM

arpeggio191

Carl Myers

very true... i don't think michael bay knows how to do anything without blowing half the set up. Good thing he isn't directing. At least it's not John Woo and he makes every bird a stupid dove. Oh lord, i saw Mission Impossible II the other day on TV. Those stupid doves made me want to shoot the tv. If Woo did it, the film would be 2335 hours long because every seen with a bird in it would be shot in super slow motion.

Oct 19 - 08:18 AM

Shotweb

Sid Ratliff

The difference between John Woo and Michael Bay is that John is actually a good director


Bay, stay in the damn producers chair for this one please, and don't blow anything up

Oct 21 - 03:24 PM

Ilinana

Lawren Juip

too true. I'm amazed he even got involved with this to begin with.

Oct 20 - 05:04 PM

steeminwbeamen

Jeff Dunavant

but birds don't explode.

Oct 19 - 07:42 AM

arpeggio191

Carl Myers

very true... i don't think michael bay knows how to do anything without blowing half the set up. Good thing he isn't directing. At least it's not John Woo and he makes every bird a stupid dove. Oh lord, i saw Mission Impossible II the other day on TV. Those stupid doves made me want to shoot the tv. If Woo did it, the film would be 2335 hours long because every seen with a bird in it would be shot in super slow motion.

Oct 19 - 08:18 AM

Shotweb

Sid Ratliff

The difference between John Woo and Michael Bay is that John is actually a good director


Bay, stay in the damn producers chair for this one please, and don't blow anything up

Oct 21 - 03:24 PM

Ilinana

Lawren Juip

too true. I'm amazed he even got involved with this to begin with.

Oct 20 - 05:04 PM

Vega-Star

Jeremy Morris

the gone with the wind remake will also feature Halle Berry in the re-imagined role of Mammy. Hattie McDaniel would be so pleased.

Oct 19 - 07:45 AM

Rockslide

Rocky Davies

In the Michael Bay version, the birds are all New York pigeons rigged with small plutonium bombs all set to explode at the stroke of midnight on New Year's eve. One plucky cop- Bruce Willis, and a hot ornithologist- Denise Richards, have until then to find and kill all 2008 birds before they explode, dousing the city in their mutated avian bird flu virus.

Oct 19 - 07:46 AM

twinsfan2715

Tom Bidinger

haha that'd be awesome. but you're forgetting that its Bay so the birds would have to be native to california so it can take place in Los Angeles

Oct 19 - 09:58 AM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Well it all goes down in Bodega Bay in the original and that is in California, haha. but actually those birds in a big city might work well, haha. This movie is going to be another Invasion, I'm afraid.

Oct 19 - 12:46 PM

optic_85

Bryan West

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAA


....What ever happened to "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"?

Oct 19 - 12:16 PM

dracula68

michael pacholski

Don't forget Les Nessman "Oh, the humanity!"

Oct 21 - 11:52 PM

dracula68

michael pacholski

Don't forget Les Nessman "Oh, the humanity!"

Oct 21 - 11:54 PM

WiseGuy

Philip Zamora

I was fearing the worse when I began to read the article. The thought of Michael Bay tackling Hitchcock in either a directing or producing position freightened me (he's responsible for producing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Amityville Horror remakes). However, my opinion swiftly changed when I read that Martin Campbell would be directing. Talk about a lifesaving choice.

Oct 19 - 07:48 AM

cmonsteve

joshua hutchison

what is up with the campbell love? the guy makes one or two decent movies ten years apart and all the sudden he's the choice to do a hitchcok remake?

personally i think that a michael bay joint would be less painfull, at least with that hack you know what you're getting. "suicide bombing, uzi wielding, mutant android pigeons with 'rage' in their systems"

actually that sounds better than sitting through another bond movie with a frackin' love story in it. what ever happened to "love 'em and leave 'em"?

Oct 19 - 12:53 PM

Zontar

Kenneth Linck

Martin Campbell may be a step up from Micheal Bay, but he ain't no Hitchcock. Sounds like we're going from a horror/suspense movie to an action movie. Not sayin' that's bad, just sayin'...

Oct 22 - 06:47 PM

arpeggio191

Carl Myers

very true... i don't think michael bay knows how to do anything without blowing half the set up. Good thing he isn't directing. At least it's not John Woo and he makes every bird a stupid dove. Oh lord, i saw Mission Impossible II the other day on TV. Those stupid doves made me want to shoot the tv. If Woo did it, the film would be 2335 hours long because every seen with a bird in it would be shot in super slow motion.

Oct 19 - 08:18 AM

Shotweb

Sid Ratliff

The difference between John Woo and Michael Bay is that John is actually a good director


Bay, stay in the damn producers chair for this one please, and don't blow anything up

Oct 21 - 03:24 PM

reavus4983

Mike Saxton

I automatically thought: why is Michael Bay even involved in an Alfred Hitchockian (?) movie? That's like Sylvester Stallone taking Orson Welles's part in Citizen Kane.

Oct 19 - 09:17 AM

tomlet

tom letourneau

Anything that Bay touches turns to crap. Why remake a film that has nothing wrong with it? Bay specializes in action film tripe. The Birds isn't an action film. It's a suspense film. Let's add some car chases, some graphic violence, have some of those chasing cars explode, make sure bullets make sparks when they hit wood and drywall, and then we can have a film that's better than an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Wait, I almost forgot, we have to add a insipid love story that nobody gives a crap about to pad the film's running time.

Oct 19 - 09:30 AM

thereign

lance berry

Folks, there's still plenty to fear. Remember that it doesn't matter who's directing: unless your name is Spielberg, Tarantino or Lucas, a producer wields more power than a director any day of the week. Producers can FIRE directors or severely change their editing cut of the film. If Bay chooses, he can have Campbell reshoot stuff so that the birds are flying around with Uzis and killing civilians WHILE they blow up!

Besides, it's remaking Hitchcock. There's NO WAY to do it properly, so it's going to suck no matter how you slice it. :-(

Oct 19 - 09:33 AM

jasperoosterveld

Jasper Oosterveld

How original...another remake. Jesus!

Oct 19 - 09:40 AM

Vortex&Vertigo

Joel Feliciano

you guys know of course that the ending will change. Hitchcock made a tense ending. But didnot release the tension. He just left the movie at that. If Todays audiences (teens)looked at the original ending they would say that the ending sucked.

Oct 19 - 09:49 AM

twinsfan2715

Tom Bidinger

haha that'd be awesome. but you're forgetting that its Bay so the birds would have to be native to california so it can take place in Los Angeles

Oct 19 - 09:58 AM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Well it all goes down in Bodega Bay in the original and that is in California, haha. but actually those birds in a big city might work well, haha. This movie is going to be another Invasion, I'm afraid.

Oct 19 - 12:46 PM

Lord_Kingsley

Terry Yocham

Michael Bay? Prepare for exploding suicide bird bombers.

Crap onna crutch, did Gus Van Sant's "Psycho" teach us nothing?

Oct 19 - 10:19 AM

xxWICKEDxx

Sean Mize

i actually think it would be pretty cool. And the Birds is one of my fav movies. I just think it would be a neat idea.

Oct 19 - 10:58 AM

dracus

Cap Nord

I knew that Michael E-Bays ego would be somehow involved in this. Only that fool would think that he was worthy enough to remake this Hitchcock classic.

Oct 19 - 11:18 AM

crudebob

Brendan Sanchez

Rmember that scene from Pearl Harbour where we follow the bomb from the Jap plane to the deck of the Arizona? I can just see Micahel Bay replicating that scene in the birds where we follow a piece of turd falling out of a seagull's butt all the way down to Naomi Watts face. Now that would be entertaining!

Oct 19 - 11:24 AM

kennybillz

kenneth billz

naomi watts is a good actress. and it doesnt hurt that she has a great ***. but martin cambell wouldnt know how to make a good movie if one fell on his dong.

Oct 19 - 03:43 PM

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