Though the story has temporarily disappeared from the Production Weekly website (usually when this happens, the story resurfaces within 24 hours or so), it was reported earlier today that David Ondaatje announced his intentions to remake Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent film, The Lodger (based on a book by Marie Adelaide Lowndes). Though the story of the original Lodger was "about a fictional version of the Jack The Ripper killings," Ondaatje's version will (of course) be shifted to the present day. According to the PW piece, the film will examine a series of mysterious, Ripper-esque killings from two different points of view. The first is that a of a detective who is both trying to solve the case and dealing with the fact that he's one of the prime suspects in the killings; the second comes from a landlady, who becomes increasingly convinced that one of her tenants is the killer. I know I'm usually opposed to remakes and all, but this sounds sort of great -- or at least like fodder for a great novel. Whether Ondaatje's is a good enough writer and director to pull it off on screen remains to be seen.

If nothing else, Ondaatje will approach his subject with respect: He made a Hitchcock-inspired short called Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin, as well as a documentary, Undressing Hitchcock, which "studies the technical, cinematic innovations" of the director. Production on The Lodger is expected to begin in LA in early 2007.
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