A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo is within the works with Robert Downey Jr “eyeing” the lead position.
In accordance with Deadline, Paramount Photos has given the movie the go-ahead with the Iron Man star producing and probably taking up the position of the obsessive detective made well-known by James Stewart.
The script will come from Steven Knight, identified for creating the hit BBC collection Peaky Blinders. His movie credit additionally embrace Spencer, Locke and Jap Guarantees. The information comes only a day after Variety reported that Knight has been employed to put in writing a brand new Star Wars film after writers Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson left the venture.
Vertigo, primarily based on the French novel D’entre les morts, obtained blended evaluations upon launch, with critics complaining about its size and tempo however quickly grew to become one among Hitchcock’s most cherished movies. In Sight & Sound’s most recent poll of the best movies ever made, it was at quantity two.
Earlier remakes of the director’s work embrace Gus Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho, which obtained detrimental evaluations however has since gained a loyal following, and in the identical yr, the Michael Douglas-led A Excellent Homicide, a brand new tackle Dial M for Homicide.
Vertigo was beforehand remade in 1965 as Tamil-language thriller Kalangarai Vilakkam and offered inspiration for Brian de Palma’s 1976 movie Obsession. Final yr additionally noticed a online game adaptation which the Guardian’s Malindy Hetfeld called “comically flat” in a one star assessment.
Downey Jr was most lately concerned in Sr, a documentary about his father and can subsequent be seen alongside Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. His manufacturing firm Staff Downey has additionally been behind HBO’s Perry Mason.