The Stage is Set for a Scintillating Hitchcock Adaptation

Deadline’s Mike Fleming was one of the first this morning to the news that after many years of failed attempts, Broadway adaptation rights for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window have finally been secured. The lucky winning bidders are director Jay Russell and producer Charlie Lyons, whose previous film collaborations include Ladder 49 and The Water Horse.

In recent years, there have been various pick-ups on the 1954 classic. Shia Labeouf fronted 2007’s Disturbia, which was later challenged in court by the estate controlling the rights to Rear Window (the plaintiffs lost). Meanwhile, in 2009, Jason Sudeikis and January Jones did a questionable SNL riff featuring a very flatulent Grace Kelly.

Casting is going to be key. The 1998 ABC-TV movie remake for example very cleverly chose Christopher Reeve to play the James Stewart character, opposite Darryl Hanah as his concerned girlfriend.

Finally, no round-up of Rear Window references would be complete without mention of The Simpsons episode “Bart of Darkness.” Broadway really is the only place left for L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies to point a digital camera telephoto lens.

[February 2008 photo of Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson recreating the movie courtesy Vanity Fair/Annie Liebovitz]

Previously on FishbowlLA:
UCLA Students, Prof Visit Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock Set

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.