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Which is More Criminal? That Will Smith Would Want to Remake Hitchcock?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2010 |

Will Smith is another one of those blockbuster divas, like Tobey Maguire, who will collect as many projects as his IMDB page will display and then sit on them, ensuring that no one else can do them (even if he never does). Seriously, check out his IMDB page — he’s attached to 25 projects, and that doesn’t even include the Flowers for Algernon project we reported on a few months ago. And he hasn’t made a movie in two years. He’s not even filming a movie right now.

Share the love, brother! And you know he’s got some of the very best projects available kept all snug and tight under his production shingle. You know why 90 percent of the produced movies in Hollywood are shit? Because Will Smith had the rights to all the good ones.

The latest? Latino Review is reporting that he’s now attached to star and produce in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion, where he’d take the role originally played by Cary Grant.

Suspicion is one of the few Hitchcock movies I haven’t seen, and from what I understand, it’s not his best (although it did garner him a Best Picture nomination in 1941, and Joan Fontaine a Best Actress Oscar). It’s about a shy young English woman who marries a charming gentleman, then begins to suspect him of trying to kill her.

Suspicion is not the sort of remake I suspect too many people will get bent out of shape about (it’s not Vertigo or North by Northwest or anything), and since Hitchcock can’t really be remade, it’ll just be a matter of pilfering the script, updating it, and hiring a good director (but not so good that he would outshine Smith. Has anyone noticed that he has a tendency to pick directors who would not get billing over him?)

Anyway, that happened. And given the number of projects on his plate, for anyone seriously worried that Will Smith will remake Suspicion, think of it this way: There’s only about a one in 27 chance.

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