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The Michael Bay-produced remake of The Birds finds a director

Mar. 5, 2014by:

The names Michael Bay and Alfred Hitchcock should never be uttered in the same breath unless they are the answer to the question "do you know which directors are the polar opposite of one another?", but today we have some news regarding the Bay produced remake of the classic THE BIRDS. Having been in development for quite a while, Bay's Platinum Dunes and Universal have now found a director to helm the update to the avian horror movie.

Variety reports that Danish director Diederik Van Rooijen will helm THE BIRDS. If that name doesn't ring any bells it is likely because this will be the filmmaker's first American film. Van Rooijen's filmography is primarily based around short films and television work with two features called DAYLIGHT and TAPED. None of the films seem to indicate any reason why he was selected to direct THE BIRDS, but I am sure we can look back to the Platinum Dunes movies made to date for an idea of where this is going.

The original plotline followed a San Francisco socialite who moves to a small northern California town that is suddenly under attack from various types of birds. Plot details for this pic are unknown at this time.

Tippi Hedren starred in the original THE BIRDS which spawned a very poor cable sequel. I am intrigued by a modernization of the story, but are audiences really going to go into seeing the movie with a straight face? I watched the Hitchcock original a few months ago with some friends who had never seen it and they chuckled and laughed versus being scared or thrilled. Even with modern special effects, THE BIRDS may not be the type of movie that works these days.

Source: Variety

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4:06AM on 03/07/2014

Michael at it again.

Michael continues to allow his talent to falter further down the toilet. When he first began it seem like he had some potential but sadly he has allow himself to be the butt of the joke by allowing his ego to get in the way.
Michael continues to allow his talent to falter further down the toilet. When he first began it seem like he had some potential but sadly he has allow himself to be the butt of the joke by allowing his ego to get in the way.
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4:06AM on 03/07/2014

Michael at it again.

Michael continues to allow his talent to falter further down the toilet. When he first began it seem like he had some potential but sadly he has allow himself to be the butt of the joke by allowing his ego to get in the way.
Michael continues to allow his talent to falter further down the toilet. When he first began it seem like he had some potential but sadly he has allow himself to be the butt of the joke by allowing his ego to get in the way.
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2:47PM on 03/06/2014

What a disaster

Hitchcock was a great director but The Birds is about as good as Sharknado. One of the most painful movies I've ever sat through. A remake is as about a good idea as Sharknado 2.
Hitchcock was a great director but The Birds is about as good as Sharknado. One of the most painful movies I've ever sat through. A remake is as about a good idea as Sharknado 2.
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8:55AM on 03/06/2014
the guy didn't learn his lesson from all the bad remakes he made since starting is platinium dunes productions company. None of the remakes he did made any money and the sad thing is, he wasn'T even able to makes a better movie out of these remakes. Texas chainsaw, friday the 13th, amityville horror and nightmare on elm street we're all horrible movie and made the original version even better to watch. So why would you even try to remake a masterpiece like the birds when you're not even able to
the guy didn't learn his lesson from all the bad remakes he made since starting is platinium dunes productions company. None of the remakes he did made any money and the sad thing is, he wasn'T even able to makes a better movie out of these remakes. Texas chainsaw, friday the 13th, amityville horror and nightmare on elm street we're all horrible movie and made the original version even better to watch. So why would you even try to remake a masterpiece like the birds when you're not even able to do a better remake out of 80's and 70's classic horror movie.
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8:20AM on 03/06/2014

HERETIC

The Hollywood exec moron who green-lit this project should be found and have his eyes pecked out.

All praise Hitchcock!
The Hollywood exec moron who green-lit this project should be found and have his eyes pecked out.

All praise Hitchcock!
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5:56AM on 03/06/2014
The original is a classic for sure, but a remake could be cool if done right. I guess we will see.
The original is a classic for sure, but a remake could be cool if done right. I guess we will see.
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12:45AM on 03/06/2014
*facepalm*
*facepalm*
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10:54PM on 03/05/2014

JESUS! Based on previous Bay produced horror remakes, this classic doesn't need an updated blood and gore version!

I understand Bay wanting to remake- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, Friday The 13th, or even A Nightmare On Elm Street. Was I in support of all of these? No. Better than Rob Zombie's pointless Halloween remake.
BUT WHY HITCHCOCK MICHAEL??????? Hitchcock is on a higher level of suspense and filmmaking that even a big shot like Bay and his team of 2nd Unit Director's (the ones who actually shoot the action scene) could possibly stand up against. I will say, at least it's a
I understand Bay wanting to remake- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, Friday The 13th, or even A Nightmare On Elm Street. Was I in support of all of these? No. Better than Rob Zombie's pointless Halloween remake.
BUT WHY HITCHCOCK MICHAEL??????? Hitchcock is on a higher level of suspense and filmmaking that even a big shot like Bay and his team of 2nd Unit Director's (the ones who actually shoot the action scene) could possibly stand up against. I will say, at least it's a director who is not familiar with the Hollywood industry.....yet. Maybe he'll bring a little something into this film, maybe some creative ideas.
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7:36PM on 03/05/2014
That isn't a psuedonym for James Nguyen, right?
That isn't a psuedonym for James Nguyen, right?
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6:23PM on 03/05/2014
The thing that baffles me is that all these remakes end up flopping anyways, but they still keep making remakes.
The thing that baffles me is that all these remakes end up flopping anyways, but they still keep making remakes.
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5:37PM on 03/05/2014
If you remember Hitchcocks The Birds didn't even follow the story it was based on, so Bay can't mess that up.
If you remember Hitchcocks The Birds didn't even follow the story it was based on, so Bay can't mess that up.
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6:04PM on 03/05/2014
Oh yes he can!
Oh yes he can!
11:55PM on 03/05/2014
Don't underestimate Bay, I've learned that he can pretty much make a joke out of anything he attempts including Pearl Harbor which should have been fantastice, should have.
Don't underestimate Bay, I've learned that he can pretty much make a joke out of anything he attempts including Pearl Harbor which should have been fantastice, should have.
4:49PM on 03/05/2014

Stop!

Why can't Hollywood stop remaking classics? There are literally thousands of horrible movies out there that could be remade easily and nobody would care...they could craft these bad movies their way .....instead Hollywood crushes the movies we love and thinks they need to remake everything they can....
Why can't Hollywood stop remaking classics? There are literally thousands of horrible movies out there that could be remade easily and nobody would care...they could craft these bad movies their way .....instead Hollywood crushes the movies we love and thinks they need to remake everything they can....
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4:22PM on 03/05/2014
Sigh
Sigh
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3:55PM on 03/05/2014
I thought Hollywood was past this stage
I thought Hollywood was past this stage
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3:47PM on 03/05/2014
WHY???
WHY???
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3:38PM on 03/05/2014

Can we just, not?

Another needless horror remake. When will people just stop paying money to see these? The originals are classics for a reason, they withstand the test of time and do not need to be remade. The Psycho remake literally tried to do everything exactly the same as the original, and it still wasnt even close to being as good. Just stop. C'mon Hollywood!
Another needless horror remake. When will people just stop paying money to see these? The originals are classics for a reason, they withstand the test of time and do not need to be remade. The Psycho remake literally tried to do everything exactly the same as the original, and it still wasnt even close to being as good. Just stop. C'mon Hollywood!
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3:34PM on 03/05/2014
Pass. I will only watch The Birds directed by the master. Not some Michael Bay flunkie.
Pass. I will only watch The Birds directed by the master. Not some Michael Bay flunkie.
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3:10PM on 03/05/2014
If it has exploding crows, I'll watch it.
If it has exploding crows, I'll watch it.
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11:53PM on 03/05/2014
Can almost guarantee that it will.
Can almost guarantee that it will.
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3:04PM on 03/05/2014

As long as they use the original ending...

... that Hitchcock couldn't afford.
... that Hitchcock couldn't afford.
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5:55AM on 03/06/2014
what was the original ending?
what was the original ending?
7:23AM on 03/06/2014
Well, the dumb but handsome hero, with help of the us army, giant robots and alien turtles, save the day, and the ass of his dumb but beautifull girlfriend...
Well, the dumb but handsome hero, with help of the us army, giant robots and alien turtles, save the day, and the ass of his dumb but beautifull girlfriend...
2:52PM on 03/06/2014
In the original ending, the heroes left town and arrived at San Francisco. They see that the Golden Bridge is completely covered by birds.
In the original ending, the heroes left town and arrived at San Francisco. They see that the Golden Bridge is completely covered by birds.
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