Some potentially distressing news this week for fans of Alfred Hitchcock. It looks like that long-rumoured remake of The Birds from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company is still happening, despite the fact that the previously attached director Martin Campbell has since left the project for Green Lantern pastures. According to Pajiba, a new director is settling into Campbell’s place, and that man is Dennis Iliades, who helmed this year’s remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left.
Now, I actually didn’t mind the new version of The Last House on the Left, but the reason I find this news distressing (aside from the fact that they are remaking The Birds!) is the fact that Iliades reportedly wants to amp up the gore and turn the movie into an R-rated horror flick. It is also getting yet another rewrite, having already gone through Scott Derickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day The Earth Stood Still), Billy Ray (Flightplan, Volcano), and Peter Craig (Bad Boys 3). No word on whether or not Naomi Watts is still attached to star. This is one case where I think a PG-13 approach is probably a little more appropriate, although I suppose if you want to give it a different spin, adding more blood and guts is one way to do it. What do you think, is it possible to make a remake of The Birds that isn’t a disaster, and is Dennis Iliades the right guy to make it happen?