Robert Downey Jr. wants to play the lead role in an upcoming remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo by Paramount Pictures. A new writer for the Star Wars movies has been attached.
Deadline says that Downey Jr. and his wife Susan will produce the movie through their company Team Downey, along with John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. The script will be written by Steven Knight, who is known for making Peaky Blinders on Netflix and recently took over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson on a new Star Wars movie.
Based on Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac’s 1954 novel D’entre les morts (From Among the Dead), Vertigo is about an ex-cop (James Carter) who has a terrible fear of heights and is hired to stop an old friend’s wife from killing herself. When it came out in 1958, the psychological thriller got mixed reviews from critics.
However, Vertigo is now seen as a classic Hitchcock movie that gives a unique look into the mind of the director. The movie was also the first to use the now-common dolly zoom, a camera effect that throws off your sense of direction by changing your point of view.
Knight recently made news when it was announced that he would be writing the next Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm, which will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Lindelof, who is leaving Star Wars, is known for creating the hit sci-fi drama series “Lost” and for his work on “The Leftovers” and “Watchmen” for HBO. He gave hints about his departure from the movie days before the news came out.
He said, “If the movie can’t be good, it shouldn’t be made.” “I have the same memory of it as you do: I was four years old and sat on my dad’s lap to watch it in May of 1977. I think it’s possible that when you have such a high regard for something, you might start cooking and think, “Maybe I shouldn’t be cooking.” Perhaps I should just eat.'”
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What’s Next for Hollywood Icon Robert Downey Jr?
Since his big exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tony Stark/Iron Man in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Downey Jr. has been busy with several projects. Downey Jr. has been an executive producer for HBO’s Perry Mason and Netflix’s Sweet Tooth since 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The actor also starred in and produced Sr., a documentary about his father Robert Downey Srcareer ‘s and personal life, which came out in 2022. He will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming historical epic Oppenheimer. Even though Paramount hasn’t set a date for the remake of Vertigo, fans can see Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer on July 21.
Why Vertigo Remains One of the Greatest Films?
There are a lot of 1950s movies that could be made better, but Vertigo is not one of them. This makes me wonder what the remake can bring to the table besides being yet another pointless remake of a movie that will always be compared to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.
The 1958 movie also starred Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Raymond Bailey, and Henry Jones. Not only is it considered one of Hitchcock’s best movies, but in 2012, it beat out Citizen Kane as Sight & Sound’s greatest movie of all time, a rare event. With that kind of background, it takes a lot of guts to try to remake a movie that many people think is perfect.
Many Hitchcock movies have been remade over the years, but you could be forgiven for not remembering many of them. For example, does anyone remember Vince Vaughn in Psycho? It’s hard to imagine that Vertigo will be different, and even though Robert Downey Jr. has a lot of acting experience and is more than qualified to play Detective Ferguson, it’s hard to imagine that the new version of the movie will be anything but a pale copy of the original, which was groundbreaking and impossible to beat.