What a surprise to find Alfred Hitchcock setting up a shot for the remake of his infamous horror-thriller movie, The Birds, at the corner of 96th and Broadway early one morning this past week!
First of all, the mainstream media claimed quite convincingly in April 1980 that Sir Alfred had passed away. Yet there he was with a cup of coffee in hand, watching a flock of trained pigeons rehearse a scene, looking surprisingly full of vim and vigor at the ripe old age of 123.
Also, the original 1963 movie, based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, was set in Bodega Bay, California, so the urban setting on the East Coast for the remake was quite a change.
The competition for the lead role of socialite Melanie Daniels played by Tippi Hedren was fierce, but ultimately Scarlett Johansson plucked the role out of the clutches of both Kristen Wiig and Greta Gerwig.
The Mayor’s Office for Film and TV reluctantly granted a film permit for the shoot at the notoriously busy intersection, being careful to reassure New Yorkers that the scary birds in the movie were trained, professional birds and that birdwatching is a very safe pastime. Filming is expected to continue throughout October. The movie’s release is expected during Fall Migration 2023.