Rumors of a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal nature horror The Birds have been circling like swarms of seagulls for years. Back in 2014, Variety reported that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes studio were keen to make a remake, with Universal Pictures executive vice president of production Scott Bernstein overseeing the entire production. I guess he was planning to equip the birds with lasers or turn them into robots or something. While the project hasn’t been officially axed, there doesn’t appear to be much movement—which is probably a good thing!
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It’s not that a remake of The Birds is a bad thing, per se; it’s just that Bay is hardly known for his subtlety—and any fan of Hitchcock knows that restraint was a key ingredient in the Master’s recipe for success. It’s with an open mind that I’m cautiously optimistic about news that BBC is now in the early stages of developing The Birds as a TV series.
The BBC take will be set in rural Cornwall, where a farmhand and his community is being terrorized by flocks of birds and seagulls shortly after the end of the Second World War. The Birds will be written by Irish playwright and writer Conor McPherson, who previously adapted the novella as a play in 2009.
The plot will adhere closely to the novella by 1952 novel by Daphne du Maurier, as opposed to Hitchcock’s specific interpretation. It sounds like the project is in good hands and, thankfully, BBC is part of most premium cable packages. It’ll be interesting to see what comes to fruition.
We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses. In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Bird, released in 1963, below.
Official Synopsis: Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at Mitch’s sisters party. A huge assault starts on the town by attacking birds.