Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Michael Bay and that remake of The Birds

Calm down. We don’t know if Michael is serious and we’ll always have the original.

Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 23:38


Everyone has got a little overexcited about this proposed remake of an Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Naomi Watts. It’s all a bit reminiscent of the furore that greeted the (highly spurious) rumour of a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life. For about a week Twitter seemed to speak of little else but that proposed follow-up to the Frank Capra classic.

Let’s just clarify one thing first. The notion of a redo of The Birds starring Ms Watts has actually been around for ages. Dig around a bit and you’ll find a Variety story from 2007 on the issue. So, it’s a little surprising that everyone has got so excited about the current chatter. Actually, it’s not that surprising. Firstly, with the rise in social media since 2007, any rumour, however wispy, can become a genuine controversy within (quite literally) minutes. Secondly, notwithstanding the bad karma Watts brings from Diana, it is Mr Bay’s name that really scares up fury. The director of Transformers and Bad Boys has become a sort of avatar for all that’s vulgar in Hollywood. If you are digitally arguing with somebody about the quality of a film (and you’re short of sound debating points) you may be reduced to shouting: Oh go back to watching Michael Bay films! He’s not much like Hitler (let’s be fair here), but some version of Godwin’s Law applies to Mr Bay. Every ill-tempered film conversation eventually gets around to calling up his name. Actually, come to think of it, didn’t Megan Fox get into trouble for likening Bay to Hitler on set? I think she did.

Anyway, it does seem a little more likely that the film will come to pass this time. Don’t worry about it. You’ll still have the original…

Nickety, nackety, now, now now.

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