Hitchcock’s Suspicion gets remade?
It looks like Will Smith’s production company is moving onto another remake, and this one is a true classic, we’re not talking another eighties film, this is Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion.
We already know that there is an attempt to remake The Birds, probably one of the few Hitchcock films that could even show the slightest possibility of being remade, even though it just plain shouldn’t be, but Suspicion?
Suspicion is the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine which centres on the title itself. A wealthy woman falls for a suave and charming playboy, and before long they elope, get married, head off on a whirlwind honeymoon and set up a life together.
However it’s not long before secrets start to out and the woman begins to suspect her new husband of something more than the lies that are being revealed, something that could endanger her own life.
It’s a wonderful film, and I’m shocked that there’s even a hint of a thought about remaking it. However according to a rumour through Latino Review the remake is down to Will Smith’s production company are at the fore of the attempt and the plan, although I would say it’s early days, is to get Smith in the lead.
There’s a hint that it may go back to the original book on which the Hitchcock film was based, adapted by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison and Alma Reville it was the novel Before the Fact by Anthony Berkeley under the pseudonym Francis Iles (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
Interestingly the book has a different twist to the film, or rather vice versa as those behind the screenplay must have decided to change things to provide a surprise for everyone, including those who had already read it.
I wonder, if they remake the film if they’ll revert back to the ending in the book, and for all those that know the story of the film, you’ll know what I mean by that.
While I was rising against the the notion of remaking the film, there is something here that’s drawing my attention. The idea of the story is a strong one, and one that’s been seen in quite a few tales since in various different twists.
You know I have an idea that they’ll go “back to the source” as the producers are so fond of saying, and deliver something a little different, perhaps a lot different.
What do you think? Can you get by the idea of remaking a Hitchcock film and look to the original text? Perhaps there is a new story to be told here? Is there?