Naomi Watts wants The Birds lead
Now let's remember that these announcements are often used to gently nudge negotiations or to test the water, but I think looking at the original that she would be a good choice, in fact it's rather positive that they're looking to such a good actress for the role.
My only concern is that Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producers on the project, these are guys that produced the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes, the Amityville Horror remake and the upcoming Friday the 13th remake. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is behind the remake.
I'm actually not against The Birds remake because it's extremely dated and in my mind not really a traditional Hitchcock film, so I wouldn't feel it's treading on his memory. However, that said I would like to see it done well.
Yet the comments from the producers through IESB does give hope for a better film than first thought:
They cannot officially confirm that Naomi Watts has in fact taken the role and signed on the dotted line because the script is not done, but, they know she wants it and they want her for it.
They go on to say that they expect to hear the name of the screenwriter chosen by the studio within two weeks. That choice might be a further indication of the direction of the remake.