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Take Cover: A Michael Bay-Produced Remake Of Hitchcock’s The Birds Is Happening

Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

It could be the most terrifying motion picture ever made! 

If, like us, this is the first you’re hearing about this particular project, we’re sorry. We’re so, so sorry.

Platinum Dunes (Michael Bay’s company) and Mandalay Pictures are producing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds for Universal. The 1963 classic starred Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. The Hollywood Reporter says, “Naomi Watts has been loosely attached to star in the film for years, but her involvement is script-dependent.

 Jonathan Herman penned the most recent version of the screenplay.”

But don’t worry, at least Bay isn’t directing this one. That job looks to be going to Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen.

This isn’t the first time one of Hitchcock’s films has been remade but it isn’t any less depressing. THR also adds, “In the past, the studio has stressed that the redo will owe more to the Daphne du Maurier short story than the Hitchcock version based on it.”

Watts would be a great choice for the lead role but this is one I won’t be looking forward to.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."