In this day and age, there isn’t anything or anyone that’s safe from the remake bug — not even a legendary filmmaker like Alfred Hitchcock. Of course, it’s not like Hitchcock’s work has been off-limits in the past. There have been quite a few Hitchcock remakes over the years (many of them made for TV), with Gus Van Sant’s infamous shot-for-shot remake of Psycho being one of the most well-known (and most despised). Hitchcock even remade his own film The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956, so he clearly was not averse to the idea. Still, there is something about this news that just seems wrong. This week it was announced that there are two Hitchcock films currently slated to get updates: Rebecca and Suspicion.
According to Variety, a new version of Rebecca is being set up through DreamWorks and Working Title Films, with Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) penning the script. The 1941 original revolves around a woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a rich widower (Laurence Olivier) and moves into his huge mansion, only to find that his first wife still has a hold on him. Knight will be going back to the original book by Daphne DuMaurier to create a fresh take on the story. This was the only film that Hitchcock ever won Best Picture for.
As for Suspicion, Variety reports that this one is being set up at Paramount and Veena Sud of AMC’s The Killing will be writing it. Suspicion also starred Joan Fontaine, this time playing a shy British woman who marries a charming gentleman (Cary Grant) and then suspects he is plotting to kill her. It was also based on a novel, so I guess it’s debatable if will be a true remake. Are you interested in seeing updates to either of these films?