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Mark Newton

Where is your line in the sand? The one movie classic you'll never allow to get the modern reboot treatment? Well, if it was Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, then I'm afraid you're in for some bad news. Indeed, some very bad news...

Variety are reporting that the Michael Bay produced (yes, you read that right) modern remake of The Birds has just signed up a director. Universal Pictures and Platinum Dunes has apparently nabbed Dutch director, Diederik Van Rooijen, to helm the retelling of arguably one of Hitchcock's most famous films.

Now, Van Rooijen has made a long career for himself in his native Netherlands, although, as you'd expect, we haven't really encountered any of this work. However, a quick perusal of IMDB reveals many of his films languish around the 6-7 mark on IMDB's rating scale, so not bad, but certainly not Hitchcock territory. However, his recent television series, Penoza, did attain a respectable 8.2.

The Birds remake has been passed around Hollywood for quite a few years now. Back in 2007, Naomi Watts and director Martin Campbell were attached, although ultimately that failed to take flight. Then, in 2009, Last House On The Left director, Dennis Iliadis, was apparently down to direct, although clearly, he didn't stick around either.

Now, I'm not sure if there's any point asking what people think of this news. We know hardly anything about Diederik Van Rooijen to judge him on, while Michael Bay producing a Alfred Hitchcock movie can only really result in one emotion - horror (and not the good kind). So, where is your line in the sand? The one classic movie you'd hate to see get a glossy modern remake? Let me know in the comments below.

Source: Joblo


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