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Remake of Hitchcock’s TO CATCH A THIEF coming

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 6th, 2011

Now, as one will notice, it’s not all that rare for a feature film out of the canon held by one Alfred Hitchock to go the remake route. You have the veiled remakes that often pop up based around films like STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and SUSPICION, while much closer remakes (thinking Gus Van Sant’s PSYCHO, or to an extent the film DISTURBIA, based on REAR WINDOW), have also seen the light of day.

However, one film that’s been in the works for some time, but until today hasn’t seen much momentum, is TO CATCH A THIEF. Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, the 1955 film had seen its remake rights optioned by Paramount back in 2004, and has since stalled.

Well, in speaking with Latino Review, writer Josh Stolberg updated us all.

“I wrote, with Bobby [Florsheim], a remake of ‘To Catch a Thief’ for Paramount. Neal Moritz is producing, and it’s exciting because it’s one of my favourite Hitchcock movies and it was fun to come at it from a different angle – make it a little bit more modern and ‘gadgety.’ It’s the first script that I’ve ever written that [encompasses] a lot of heists and action sequences and.. it was a blast…I’m really excited. We just turned in the script to the studio a couple of months ago and they’re working on casting now. It takes place in Santarini…it’s a travelogue of the most amazing places on Earth…it’s gonna be a fun, fun ride I think.”

Now, there is a lot of ways to look at this. Sure, Hitchcock remakes are relatively common, but with Stolberg behind the script (with credits like PIRANHA 3D and GOOD LUCK CHUCK to his name) this just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Grant and Kelly are such an iconic duo that you really have nowhere to go but completely and utterly down from this classic. I’m not one to be simply opposed to a remake happening, but in this case, I just can’t for the life of me think how this will work.

Oh, but if this is who they got to star in the film, my thoughts may change.

What do you think?

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