A huge remake is in the works. Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic psychological thriller Vertigo. For the same, Robert Downey Jr is reportedly in talks to headline the project.
Robert Downey Jr in talks to star in the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Vertigo
The actor is already producing the remake with his wife Susan Downey under his banner Team Downey, along with John Davis and John Fox via Davis Entertainment. According to Deadline, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has been roped in to write the script.
The original movie logline reads, “Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film's wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie's second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 1996 a new print of Vertigo was released, restoring the original grandeur of the colors and the San Francisco backdrop, as well as digitally enhancing the soundtrack.”
Led by James Stewart, and Kim Novak, the film was released in 1958.
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