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Here Comes A Remake Of Hitchcock's SUSPICION!!

Merrick here...

Paramount's looking to "adapt" (i.e. "remake") remake SUSPICION. 

SUSPICION was an Alfred Hitchock-directed adaptation of Francis Iles' 1932 novel BEFORE THE FACT, which hit screens in 1941.  Joan Fontaine won an Oscar for her appearance in that film.  

When I first read Variety's piece on the matter, I'd somehow gleaned that they were evidently re-adapting Iles' progenitor novel, a la what the Coens did with TRUE GRIT.  On closer inspection of the piece, sounds like they'll primarily be pulling directly from the Hitchcok film instead.  

The new version of SUSPICION will be headed-up by Veena Sud, a writer / Executive Producer on AMC's THE KILLING.  She held the same positions on CBS's COLD CASE. 

We recently learned that REBECCA - another novel-to-screen adaptation by Hitchcok was also being dusted off for a return to the big screen (details HERE).  In that instance, however, it does sound like they'll primarily be pulling from Daphne Du Maurier's literary source material instead of Hitchcock's 1940 bigscreenificvation.  


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  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Quackfu

    thou shalt not touch Hitchcock

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Didn't anyone learn

    by Quackfu

    from Psycho? That trainwreck

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Here comes MY LUNCH!

    by AzulTool

  • Seriously. It amazes me that any director would be willing to remake a Hitchcock film. That's just asking to get the shit kicked out of you. Good luck.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Simply repulsive

    by Lourdes Galan

    Where are Hollywood's real writers?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Not another remake...dear me.

    by paint163

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    is there any GOOD news today?


    movies based on youtube clips and remakes of Hitchcock...good god, what valentines day presents....

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    love Cold Case, like The Killing, HATE THIS

    by KelVarnson

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Didn't Will Smith want to remake Suspicion?

    by MoaKaka

    I hope he's not in this.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    ...the worst thing about all these lazy remakes of classics is...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...that it completely screws up all film conversations with newbies. Future conversation: "Oh yeah I saw Citizen Kane last year...I didn't like it very much". That's because you watched the 2013 shit version newbie! Film history is already convoluted with poor ORIGINAL material (subjective I know), these remakes just compound the problem for younger film goers looking to expand their vocabulary. You may say "just don't talk to newbies about film"...but it's too important to keep the classics alive 'in and of' themselves. I love being turned on to original works I've never seen...and feel a responsibility to do the same for others. Hollywood please leave the classics alone. Beware film mess with Vertigo an I'm coming with my shotgun to clean up yer lazy, stinkin, unoriginal, money grubbin town!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    the Psycho remake was not a trainwreck

    by Anthony Torchia

    it was a conscious attempt at cinematic masturbation, and worked beautifully. People expecting more left unsatisfied, but it's not the film's fault. Quit looking for quiche at McDonald's. Didn't the studio change the end of Suspicion to make Grant innocent? Wasn't he really a murderous bastard? I wonder what ending the new film will go with (he asked rhetorically)?

  • or, maybe it was even still after they split up. anyone... ?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Rant from a somewhat knowledgeable person.

    by Pvt. Duke

    Someone above asked where all the real writers are, and I'd respond that many of them are working real jobs, unable to get their scripts or even their ideas read. It's pretty common knowledge that the top ten or so agencies won't read a script, even a letter, from "unsolicited" sources. Which means that unless your dad plays golf with some asshole who greenlights movies, you're going to have to redefine the concept of tenacity in order to ever break through. It is possible, but to pretend that "the talent always rises to the top" is fallacy, and is generally perpetuated by fuckwits who were handed their gig. I know a kid who went to summer camp with a well-known actor. Anyway, about five years ago this kid had a script optioned by a major studio specifically because his friend, the actor, made it happen. Anyway, this kid hasn't written anything since... he's not even a writer! There are countless talented writers out there who will write until they die regardless of whether they're ever read, who would saw their own legs off for that kind of look, and they can't even get their synopses read. The system is broken. And that doesn't even account for all the other arbitrary elimination processes that these priveliged assholes use to piss on real talent. "You called my office? I won't read your script."... "You used Scriptblaster to send out queries? I won't read your script."... "You don't have perky tits and a nice ass? I won't read your script." And lets not kid ourselves about who's shooting you down. Many (and I mean dozens) of agencies don't even "hire," as all their junior positions are filled annually by kids who knew someone in order to get there. Rich honkies and Jews doing favors for other rich honkies and Jews. And I'm a total honk. Nepotism is fine and good in business, where training tends to be everything, but it will destroy creativity just as it is presently destroying movies. The "real" talented writers simply don't have the connections to get in, nor do they have the time it takes to try. If you're reading this and you're a writer, you can't just give up. And if you're a real writer, you won't give up. But unlike some of your luckier peers, "getting through the door" is a full time job in and of itself, and your chances are only hindered by real-world things like a wife, kids, a house, a job, etc. It's a shitty ultimatum: do what you were born to do at the expense of everything else. But it's where we're at. FUCK Hollywood.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    When will the rape and pillage of classic cinema end???

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Cant you asshole producers be happy throwing away money at something that CAN be improved. Michael Bay to direct Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    franky five fingers- agreed


    the keys to success are kept on a keyring called neoptism and locked in a drawer labeled 'who you know'

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    YAY! Everybody waited for this!

    by ObiBen

    That and the Phantom Menace 3D!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    If you're a writer...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Don't write scripts write a book. It's way easier to get a book published than getting a script sold. That's just a fact. Hollywood has entered a pretty fucked up stage... They don't want to take chances. People are stingy with money these days. People are also stupid as a bag of nails. So they spend their money on trash... So Hollywood just continues to make it. Don't pay for remakes. Don't pay for trash and hopefully good films will make a come back... ALSO don't ignore good films when they come out: Hugo, The Artist, etc.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    One of my Hitchcock favs....

    by Lucius Woodhouse

    I really hope this falls out of production....who could POSSIBLY play the Cary Grant part???

  • George Clooney. The American. Please don't fuck with Suspicion.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Veena Sud?

    by Doughboy

    The woman who destroyed the American remake of The Killing is doing this? Does this mean at the end of the movie, we won't find out if the husband is a killer or not?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    thanks for spoiling the movie for me TBers

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I know it came out in 1941 but that's no reason to assume everyone has seen it and openly discuss the ending!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    "bad" (i.e. "worst") worst writing #6

    by KinoEye

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    So this time the husband will really be the killer?

    by cookylamoo

    Like Hitchcock wanted and the studio vetoed?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Nice handle.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Honestly, guys...

    by Jon Forbing

    You knew Hollywood was bound to go back to the Hitchcock vault, because they're tactless necrophiliacs, so we should just be happy they're sticking to the more obscure Hitchcock flicks for now. Maybe they learned their lesson with Gus Van Sant's "Psycho" cock-up. Weren't there rumors of "Rear Window" and "Strangers on a Train" updates recently? Let's just give thanks those have stayed buried.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    cookylamoo - Johnny WAS a killer in the original

    by MoaKaka

    We know he killed Beaky. The movie doesn't even try to excuse that. And he only *claimed* that he was planning to kill himself at the end instead of Lina. And Lina believed him. But that doesn't make it true. He lied to her throughout the entire movie.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    . . . sigh . . .

    by Rob Jenson

    The only legitimate reason for a remake is if the writer/director/producer has a fresh, original take on the material, a la Carpenter's THE THING or Cronenberg's THE FLY. If this is just a modernization of Hitch . . . Sigh.

  • What legendary director is next?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    And there are too many NEW stories to tell.

    by Rob Jenson

    Why redo old ones that have already been done by masters like Hitchcock? This makes me so . . . so sleepy . . . already nodding off as I write this . . . said it too many times before . . . Rage against the . . . rage against the dying of the . . . ZZZZZZZ

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    * But now they're gonna remake the rest.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I swear to fucking God

    by Patrick Pettay

    If Shia gets the Johnny role I'm gonna kill somebody.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    How many times must I write...?

    by B Arnold Quizzling

    Is this remake really necessary?..

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    What's next? UNDER CAPRICORN?

    by cookylamoo

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks phifty...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...and discussion appropriate right?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    the 11th commandment

    by Papa Lazaru

    Thou shalt not remake Hitchcock

  • FACT!

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    strangers on a train was remade already

    by ray a

    It was Throw Momma from the Train

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    North By Northwest

    by Andy_Dufresne

    Now that is a remake I could get behind. Bi-plane chasing bad-assery at its best.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Did someone say Rear Window remake?

    by Mugato5150

    Didn't Shia LeBeowulf already do that?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    A Perfect Murder WAS a very good remake

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It wisely just took the basic idea of Dial "M" and spun off in its own compelling direction. I'm not totally against remaking Hitch's more modest efforts (which Suspicion is...a good film, not one of his untouchable classics). Hell, Psycho II is a more-than-respectable sequel to one of Hitch's masterpieces. That said (hee), if anyone fucks with North By Northwest or Vertigo, heads will roll.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    There was a made-for-TV remake of Rear Window around 1998

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It featured a post-accident Christopher Reeve in the Jimmy Stewart role and Daryl Hannah in the Grace Kelly role. I never saw it.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Suspicion was already semi-remade with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    They both have the same gimmicks of casting a supremely likeable leading man as a possible murderer & turning the leading lady into a paranoid mess.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I forget the title of that movie tho'

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    It was Robert Zemeckis

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    What Lies Beneath?

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I was having an insomniac episode and I couldn't be bothered to check imdb. thx.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Monkey face!

    by lv_426