Tippi Hedren Squawks Over Birds Reboot

Actress Tippi Hedren has made her objections to the idea of doing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

In 2007, Variety reported that Mandalay Pictures and Michael Bay's shingle Platinum Dunes would be producing a reboot of the 1963 classic and that Naomi Watts would be taking on the role that Miss Hedren had previously. George Clooney is also rumored to be signed onto the project.

In 1963, Hitchcock hand plucked Hedren and spent considerable time grooming her into a star. She ended up winning a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer in 1964, but her career never really went anywhere after that. She made more than 40 films between 1967 and 2006, but you would be hard-pressed to find anyone that could remember any of them.

And as expected, whenever someone suggests digging up "the master," and playing with his toys, the 79 year old Hedren can be counted on to voice her opinion and help stir up some free publicity.

A reporter for the UK's Daily Express asked Hedren recently what her feelings are about a remake. Hedron then proceeded to get her hypocricy juices flowing and spit them out at anyone who would listen:

“To take a work of art like that and try to copy it is like trying to imitate the Mona Lisa.”

Tippi darling, get over yourself!

I seem to remember that a sequel to Hitch's birds already took place not so long ago. Way back in 1994 "The Birds II: Land's End" debuted as a made-for-TV movie. It was quickly tarred and feathered by the critics. To this day it still appears to be generally hated by damn near everyone. The sequel was so widely panned that the director Rick Rosenthal chose to give the directing credit to "Alan Smithee" (an old Hollywood psuedonym that directors use when they want to disown a film.)

Now... I'm having a hard time remembering ...who starred in this terrible remake? Who was it that pranced around the screen in this god-awful imitation of the Mona Lisa? Oh that's right: it was Tippi Hedren. Is it just me, or does anyone else notice the fact that Hedren seems to hate any idea of a remake if she herself isnt in it?

I may be tantamount to poking the Pope in the eye, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it: "The Birds" is not that good of a movie. It's a simple plot: a cut and paste monster flick where the monster is a bunch of normal-looking birds in a normal-looking American town. It doesn't have any of the classic Hitchcock psychological thrill, just a bunch of feathers and beaks and quick cuts of people with fake blood on their faces while the audience tries to make sense of why this is all happening. The film premiered in Cannes (but didn't win anything) was nominated for an Oscar in 1963 (But lost to Cleopatra) and is widely considered to be sub-par Hitchcock built for mainstream, low brow horror fans.

But that doesnt stop people from wanting to cash in on the nostalgia of doing something from Sir Alfred. Last I heard, the Birds remake is still moving forward and there's even a chance it might be shot in 3D. Add the obvious "rolling over in his grave" comment here.

What are your thoughts about this? Should Bay poach Hitchcock? Should "The Birds" be remade?

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