Robert Downey Jr. has Vertigo for Paramount Pictures.
Per Variety, Paramount has preemptively acquired a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic psychological thriller Vertigo, as a possible starring vehicle for Downey — the man responsible for giving us the Greatest MCU Character of All Time.
The fan-favorite actor is producing the project with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey production company, along with John Davis and John Fox via Davis Entertainment. Steven Knight, who created the popular Peaky Blinders, is set to write the script.
Downey hasn’t done much since departing the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. I mean, he starred in Dolittle, but the less said about that film the better. Okay, he produced and appears in the documentary Sr. about his father, I’ll give you that, and he has what could be a scene-stealing role in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Oppenheimer. But where’s Sherlock Holmes 3? That’s what I want, Downey!
The original Vertigo starred James Stewart as John “Scottie” Ferguson, a San Francisco police detective who retires due to a paralyzing fear of heights brought on by a severe case of vertigo. Scottie is subsequently hired by an acquaintance to tail his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely. Want to know what happens next? Watch the movie. Or wait a few years and watch this unnecessary remake.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Vertigo and why Paramount feels the need to remake one of Hitchcock’s defining works.
Do you think the world needs a Vertigo remake? Which one of Hitchcock’s films would you actually like to see get remade?