Dunes Drops Remakes

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In a move that has me all kinds of happy (and I'm sure others as well) that Platinum Dunes looks to be dropping a of remake off their production slate.  In an interview with Collider magazine producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller said that the planned remake for Rosemary's Baby has been shelved while the remake for The Birds is a bit in the air.

Fuller said about Rosemary's:  "...we even talked to the best writers in town and it feels like it might not be do-able.  We couldn't come up with something where it felt like it was relevant and we could add something to it other than what it was so we're not going to do that film."

Though Rosemary's never seemed to get beyond a name, the planned redux of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds has a director attached and is in script stage.  Veteran director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye & Casino Royale) attached to helm the film.  Actress Naomi Watts has been courted to be in the film.  Fuller spoke on the remake:

"Martin has been working on the script and we're expecting a script in the next 2-3 weeks, but that's another one where its not like Drew, Michael and i think that we're just going to crap all over Alfred Hitchcock's movie...so that's not a movie that we're just going to step up and just go have birds attacking people and trying to throw that into the box office.  If we can't make that movie unique or add something to it, I don't think we're going to make it."

So, we got one remake dead and one remake kind of up in the air.  Personally, I'm happy, one less remake for the recent trend.  Rosemary's Baby to me at least is something with such a straight-forward story, there's really not much you can do with the material to make it different or fresh.  Though I think Dunes has yet turned out a good film, having Bond director Martin Campbell on board for Birds would at least be interesting...if something interesting and different is done.  But then again, it's Hitchcock and as Gus van Sant proved, you never mess with the Master.

The next Platnium Dunes film to hit theaters is David Goyer's The Unborn on January 9, 2009 and then their high profile reboot of Friday the 13th hits February 13, 2009.
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