Martin Campbell and Naomi Watts in The Birds Remake

Universal wants to take flight with a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, and they’ve already nailed Naomi Watts to star, and now all they need is a director. The man they’re looking at to helm the remake is one Martin Campbell (“The Legend of Zorro” and most recently, “Casino Royale”), who is currently in negotiations to take the reins of the film, which is about, um, attacking birds. Or something. I never actually saw the original, although I hear it’s a major favorite among most horror fans who likes Creature Feature movies. Then again, the notion of attacking birds is just too bloody silly that I never could muster up the courage to watch the thing. The remake, no doubt, will be full of attacking CGI birds and whatnot.

Here’s the plot of the 1963 original:

Spoilt socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister’s birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds.

More from Variety:

Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce through their Platinum Dunes shingle, while Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman are producing for Mandalay Pictures.

Stiles White and Juliet Snowden wrote a version of the script, which is still being developed. New scribes may be brought on board.

Campbell is attached to Fox’s runaway train actioner “Unstoppable” and crime thriller “36” at Paramount. He most recently helmed the latest James Bond installment “Casino Royale.”

Meanwhile Watts, who will next be seen in Warner Independent’s “Funny Games,” is filming “The International” and will follow that up with First Look’s adaptation of Amy Sutherland’s “Kicked, Bitten and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World’s Premiere School for Exotic Animal Trainers.”

Busy, busy people there. I wonder why they’re all so gung-ho to remake a movie about killer birds? Strange…

Martin Campbell and Naomi Watts in The Birds Remake