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Old 04-26-05, 12:22 AM
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The Birds - REMAKE - From Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1000894790

April 26, 2005

The Vine: 'Birds' to fly again in Uni remake

"The Birds," Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 horror tale, looks to be taking flight again as a Universal Pictures remake. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle is in negotiations to produce the film with Peter Guber though his Mandalay Pictures banner. The new version would be based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, to which Universal owns the rights and which inspired Hitchcock's movie. Tippi Hedren starred in the original thriller about increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town. It won't be the first time Universal, which was Hitchcock's home for the latter part of the producer-director's career, has been part of a remake of the master. In 1998, Gus Van Sant directed a scene-for-scene remake of "Psycho" for the studio. That same year, Warner Bros. Pictures and Koppelson Entertainment turned out "A Perfect Murder," based on the play that inspired Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder." And at Warners -- underscoring the rage for Hitchcock remakes -- the studio is mounting a new version of "Strangers on a Train," based on the Patricia Highsmith novel that was the basis for the Hitchcock film. Platinum -- run by Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller -- is no stranger to the remake genre itself. Its most recent offering, "The Amityville Horror," has taken in more than $43 million after two weekends at the domestic boxoffice. Platinum remade "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and recently set up a remake of "The Hitcher" with Focus Features to be released through Focus' genre label, Rogue Pictures. (Liza Foreman)
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Was just reading that... WHY?! Sure, CG birds will look better but it should not be remade.
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What the hell. When getting tickets to the advanced Amityville screening, we had to go into a chamber filled with 25,000 flies. Inside there, we'd find our tickets. Standing in line, I jokingly said to some of the people around me, "God forbid they ever make a remake of 'The Birds,' I sure as hell don't want to stand in a 10' x 10' room filled with 25,000 crows."

Now I feel that this is somehow my fault...that one of the producers in attendance somehow overheard me and pitched it to Mandalay.

I'm so, so, so so so so sorry.

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Old 04-26-05, 12:59 AM
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GOD DAMN IT, NBT...

Between YOU and Michael Bay, man..
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haven't they learn anything from the Psycho remake???????
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Sweet - Birds was my least favorite Hitchcock film only because the effects were so awful. I've always wanted to see this done right effects wise. I think Robert Zemeckis could do a great job with it as a director... and while I like Michael Bay, I don't think this would be something he could direct right, so it's a good thing he's just producing. Also interested to see The Hitcher.

Hell, if you can't beat em, join em. If all the movies Hollywood is gonna produce are gonna be remakes, then fine. I can still get original movies from other countries and there's still the occasional original film out of Hollywood.
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Awwww, hell no!
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And they're remaking Strangers on a Train? Wasn't that sorta done already?

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Originally Posted by Fincher Fan
Awwww, hell no!
Will Smith is going to star?
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God damn Michael Bay! First he makes shitty movies, then he feels the need to remake classics. Now I'll admit that I enjoyed TCM 03, mostly for the fact that a good ole slasher film hadn't been done effectively for sometime and I thought that was a damn fine little film that didn't get to big for it's britches or try to re-write the original story, it exsisted to elicit fear, and I thought it did a good job, Biel didn't hurt either.

But then he goes and remakes Amityville, granted the original isn't a classic, but still, why not just make a new movie, why hinge everything on the fact that it already has a fanbase.

Now, he's remaking The Birds and Hitcher. It's one thing to remake one movie, it's another to build a company on remaking film after film after film. Now, he's just trying to piss horror fans off. Bay is now officially the antichrist and I hope he rots in hell!
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Sucks. Oh well.
Hopefully they'll keep the weird song,
"thistlety thostlety hey donnie dostlety now now now"
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Maybe Tara Reid can play the Tippi Hedren role. Of course, there can be a "cool" MTV soundtrack composed by Fred Durst and Beyonce! .
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Does Michael Bay want to be hated?
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No big deal to me. Michael Bay is producing, not directing. And it's based on the short story that inspired the Hitchcock movie, which doesn't seem so different from other films with multiple versions that are based off source material.
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As long as his company is making them cheap (TCM '03 $10 million budget - $80 million US gross, Amityville '05 $19 million budget - $43 million US gross) and they are making money, then I see no reason why Bay is going to stop remaking these films.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
As long as his company is making them cheap (TCM '03 $10 million budget - $80 million US gross, Amityville '05 $19 million budget - $43 million US gross) and they are making money, then I see no reason why Bay is going to stop remaking these films.
Exactly... And hell, it's easier than coming up with something original.
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DAMNIT....Michael Bay.....cringe
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WHAT?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!

Surely, this is a joke.
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the Birds - Based On A True Story!
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Excellent.
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Another pointless remake. I'm stealing this line from Star Wars fans: Michael Bay is raping my childhood
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Originally Posted by LorenzoL
Another pointless remake. I'm stealing this line from Star Wars fans: Michael Bay is raping my childhood
How? Are you being forced to watch the remake(s)?
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I think it was just a joke pixy...I think your humor gauge is malfunctioned.

Anyway, it's not like the remake is going to somehow tarnish the original, it's just that it's so unoriginal and lazy to remake a film.
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Originally Posted by PixyJunket
How? Are you being forced to watch the remake(s)?
QuiGonJosh is right. It was a joke. My second sentence is not to be taken seriously. I'll stand by my first sentence though...

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