Saw the trailer for the new Jodie Foster movie Flightplan. I recognized it immediately as the remake of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, seeing as how they included the famous window drawing and some identical dialogue in the trailer.
Being the curious sort, I went online to see how they went about renaming it, moving the setting to a plane, whatever.
What do I find? Not one single acknowledgment that this was a Hitchcock film in the main details on IMDb. Nothing in the “plot summary” either.
Incredulous, I went directly to the official website (Linked above). From the “About the film” section:
“Academy award-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) teams up two-time Academy award-winning actress Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) in the taut psychological thriller, FLIGHTPLAN, directed by Robert Schwentke and written by Peter A. Dowling and Billy Ray.”
Say WHAT?? Not one reference to the older film, not one reference to Hitchcock. Nowhere on the official site did they refer to The Lady Vanishes at all. No nod to the original writer of the novel, or that the screenplay was even adapted from the original source. Nope, they’re passing it off as an original movie. Can they even do that? Can two Hollywood screenwriters change just enough from an original classic (“Let’s make it her daughter! Let’s make it on an airplane!”) and pass it off as their own?
And even if they could, why would they? Wouldn’t the fact that they’re remaking a classic Hitchcock movie actually add support to the film?
What’s next: “From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay… Ben Affleck IS … Afraid of Heights!!!”
Oh, and was it too much to ask that they name the daughter “Froy”? Yep.
Well, to be fair, maybe you should see the movie before labeling it as a remake of anything. Those details you mention (the window drawing) could simply be homages to Hitchcock’s film…that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a remake, per se.