Martin Campbell Off The Birds, Dennis Iliadis Replacing Him?
Remember that remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds that Naomi Watts was going to star in? Well, as much as I'm sure everyone wishes that project were dead, according to Pajiba it's alive and well. However, they're saying that Martin Campbell, who was originally attached to direct, is now off of it because he took on another much bigger project known as Green Lantern. But since Universal still wants this to get made, they quickly found a replacement - Greek director Dennis Iliadis, who directed The Last House on the Left remake from last year. Pajiba is also guessing that without Campbell, Watts is no longer involved either.
They also say that the budget will be upwards of $60 million and instead of going the PG-13 route as was originally planned, Iliadis now wants to amp up the horror and make it R-rated. As anyone with common sense knows, Hitchcock's The Birds wasn't about blood and gore, so why go the gore route in a remake? Of course, because it's Hollywood, and that's what sells movies nowadays. Or does it? Either way, it sounds like Iliadis is going to push for an R-rating while continuing to develop this sequel. I'm sure we'll get an official announcement confirming this soon enough, for better or worse. Is there any hope for this remake?