It has been quite a while since anyone dared re-craft the Alfred Hitchcock catalogue, but Paramount Pictures seem ready to take a massive gamble as they re-imagine his 1958 classic Vertigo.
Robert Downey Jr. is the front-runner for the lead role of John “Scottie” Ferguson, as his husband and wife driven production company Team Downey are set to produce.
The film tells the tale of a weary San Francisco police officer forced to resign following a traumatic apprehension that leaves him with a crippling fear of heights. Making ends meet working as a private investigator, Scottie Ferguson then becomes dangerously obsessed with the woman he is hired to follow.
Originally starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, details are sparse at the current time as to who will accompany Downey in the picture. The only thing set in stone is that Vertigo will be penned by Peaky Blinders and See creator Steven Knight and the remake is being championed by the Hitchcock Estate.
An ambitious project indeed, it will be interesting to see If Vertigo is a tale that can connect with a modern audience. Given the high stakes of such a project, this is a story we will follow as it develops.