Variety is reporting that Diederick Van Rooijen has been hired to direct a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, The Birds
, to be produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures for Universal.
Van Rooijen is probably best known for his Dutch thriller Taped, which played at Fantastic Fest in 2012, and follows a young Dutch couple holidaying in Argentina, who go on the run from the local authorities after witnessing a cop commit murder.
Platinum Dunes has been responsible for a number of remakes in the past few years, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and are now winding the clock back even further with this remake of Hitchcock's 1963 classic. No doubt Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor's characters will be replaced by a gaggle of nubile college kids on Spring Break.
While plot details on the remake are unavailable right now, there's certainly an opportunity to do something interesting with the formula, and today's CGI standards are certainly better than the model work employed by Hitch back in the day. Who knows, maybe they can get Andy Serkis to performance capture a flock of aggressive pigeons.
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