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Vertigo - remake

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has preemptively acquired a remake of the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock-directed psychological thriller Vertigo, with Robert Downey Jr eyeing the James Stewart lead role of the former police detective forced to retire after a line of duty trauma that leaves him with fear of heights and vertigo. The script will be written by Steven Knight, the See and Peaky Blinders creator who just signed on to write a Star Wars film.

Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox are producing with Team Downey’s Robert and Susan Downey.

Paramount was the home for the original film, and the Hitchcock Estate favored the studio as the landing spot for this. The original was scripted by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor from the Boileau-Narcejac novel D’entre les morts (From Among the Dead).

After he’s shelved by his affliction, the police detective is hired by an acquaintance to shadow his wife, who he feels is behaving erratically. The film was the first to use the dolly zoom, an in-camera device that distorts perspective to create disorientation and pull audiences into the cop’s acrophobia condition.

Team Downey has Perry Mason in Season Two on HBO, and Downey is starring in the Park Chan-wook-directed The Sympathizer for A24 and HBO. Davis Entertainment is in post on Harold and the Purple Crayon and Uglies.

Downey is repped by WME, Joy Fehily and Hansen Jacobson; Knight is CAA and Nelson Davis.
https://deadline.com/2023/03/vertigo...ey-1235308636/
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Re: Vertigo - remake

Cool, since the remake of Psycho was such a resounding success.
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I'm pretty excited to see Downey starting to do some stuff that doesn't involve cgi armor, but I have to wonder what the upside on something like this is.
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Re: Vertigo - remake

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Cool, since the remake of Psycho was such a resounding success.
I never understood why the remake gets so slammed. Since it's the same movie, how can it be bad?

Anyway I'm sure the movie won't be a copy like Psycho.
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They already made a great remake of Vertigo. It was called Body Double.
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Originally Posted by Runaway
I never understood why the remake gets so slammed. Since it's the same movie, how can it be bad?
I never understand why I get booed doing "Bohemian Rhapsody" at karaoke. It's the same song Queen does, how can it be bad?
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Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen
I never understand why I get booed doing "Bohemian Rhapsody" at karaoke. It's the same song Queen does, how can it be bad?
Not really an answer to the question, but thanks for the input.
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Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen
I never understand why I get booed doing "Bohemian Rhapsody" at karaoke. It's the same song Queen does, how can it be bad?
I have a soft spot for that remake and I think it was an interesting concept.
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Originally Posted by Timber
I have a soft spot for that remake and I think it was an interesting concept.
"What if Psycho. but in color, and with masturbation noises?"
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Re: Vertigo - remake

Originally Posted by Decker
"What if Psycho. but in color, and with masturbation noises?"
That’s the part I never understood.

Van Sant: “I want to do an exact shot-for-shot remake of Psycho!”

Studio exec: “An exact shot-for-shot remake?”

Van Sant: “ Yes! EXACT shot-for-shot!”

Studio exec: “Huh, that could be interesting. Let’s do it!”

Van Sant: “…and I’m going to add a masturbation scene.”

Studio exec: “Wait, what?”
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Originally Posted by Runaway
Not really an answer to the question, but thanks for the input.
I know some people like Van Sant's Psycho, and that's great. But to say they're "the same movie" is silly.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much was a great remake of a Hitchcock film. They should get the guy who directed that to direct the Vertigo remake.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much was a great remake of a Hitchcock film. They should get the guy who directed that to direct the Vertigo remake.
Que sera sera.
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I’m thinking it won’t be as good as the first. Call me crazy.
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Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen
I know some people like Van Sant's Psycho, and that's great. But to say they're "the same movie" is silly.
They are, though. Precisely why Van Sant’s movie sucks.
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Robert Downey always has this glib fast talking snarkiness about him, he's like the anti-Jimmy Stewart.
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If I want to watch Psycho, I watch the original and I've watched the remake once, when it came out on video, but if I'd show the remake to a person who doesn't know the original. I don't think the reaction is "bad movie".
It's like people who say they love The Hangover and can watch it over and over again, but they don't like the Hangover II because it's basically the same movie. The argument just doesn't make sense to me.
I didn't see the point of making the Psycho remake the way van Sant did it, besides proving to himself he can, but a print of the Mona Lisa is still a nice picture and van Sants execution isn't bad, it's just not original, so to me the karaoke argument doesn't apply.

Back to Vertigo: I think a remake of Vertigo is easier to do since the movie doesn't rely on the final twist as much as Psycho.
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Re: Vertigo - remake

Originally Posted by Runaway
Not really an answer to the question, but thanks for the input.
Pretty sure he answered it completely.
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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
Pretty sure he answered it completely.
I'm pretty sure Mick Jagger wouldn't get booed on karaoke night for singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Van Sant's movie is a well produced and executed movie and not a self-funded student film. So he didn't answer the question.
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Originally Posted by philo
They already made a great remake of Vertigo. It was called Body Double.
Came here to post the same thing.
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I think Roger Ebert's review of Psycho 1998 sums it up pretty well.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/psycho-1998

Curious, how similar the new version is, and how different. If you have seen Hitchcock's film, you already know the characters, the dialogue, the camera angles, the surprises. All that is missing is the tension--the conviction that something urgent is happening on the screen at this very moment. The movie is an invaluable experiment in the theory of cinema, because it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted.


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It is a good review, but he doesn't right that the movie is garbage. He points out how unnecessary the movie is.

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