Hollywood to remake 'The Birds'

April 26, 2005 at 1:17 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Plans are under way in Hollywood for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror film "The Birds," The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

The paper said producer Michael Bay's company, Platinum Dunes, is in talks with Mandalay Pictures head Peter Guber at Universal Pictures. The updated version would be based on the Daphne Du Maurier short story that was also the source material for Hitchcock's film.

Tippi Hedren starred in the 1963 movie as a woman caught up in an attack by legions of birds in a California coastal town.

The project is the latest in a string of recent Hitchcock remakes.

Director Gus Van Sant remade the 1960 classic "Psycho" in 1998 -- the same year Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow starred in "A Perfect Murder," a loose remake of Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder." The Reporter said Warner Bros. is planning a new take on Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train," based on a Patricia Highsmith novel.

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