Naomi Watts Joins Bay's Birds Flock
Watts steps in for Tippi Hedren; Campbell in talks to direct.
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."