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Sud Takes On Suspicion

February 14, 2012

A few days ago came word that there was a film remake of author Daphne du Maurier‘s classic psychological noir novelRebecca” on the way–now another Alfred Hitchcock classic – the 1941 romantic psychological thriller “Suspicion” is being updated for the screen says THR.

The original film follows a dowdy woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a handsome and charming man (Cary Grant) despite her wealthy father’s disapproval. Soon after their honeymoon, she begins to discover he has proven irresponsible with his investments and has been lying to him. When the man’s good-natured friend and business partner suspiciously dies in Paris, she begins to fear that her husband is plotting to kill her for her life insurance.

Umlike Rebecca though “Suspicion, an adaptation of Francis Illes ’s 1932 novel “Before the Fact“, had major differences from the source material to change the entire original narrative of the book. The ending of the film was famously in opposition to the original novel’s dark study of murder from an eventual victim’s perspective, a change the studio insisted on to maintain Grant’s “heroic” image.

Veena Sud, showrunner of the cable TV show The Killing, is writting the screenplay and will direct. It’s not known whether she’ll stick closer to either the original novel or Hitchcock’s film version. Sud is very good at what she does. I am hoping she sticks closer to the book  so that the new version is less a remake of Hitch’s earlier film and more dependent on telling a good story….

Two years ago there was noise that Will Smith was in talks to produce and star in the new version , that no longer seems to be the case.

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