Per Deadline, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1955 thriller To Catch A Thief is in the works at Paramount. Gal Gadot is on board to star, with Eileen Jones in final negotiations to write the film.
Jones has quickly made a name for herself thanks to her work on the Fox series Prodigal Son and her recent pitch Highwayman, which she is writing with Margot Robbie and Birds Of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson. The film is actively looking for a director after being bought by New Line. Jones has also written for the Lethal Weapon TV show that ran from 2016 to 2019.
Details about the remake are sparse right now, but the the original film starred Cary Grant and Grace Kelly and revolved around a retired jewel thief who has to prove his innocence after being suspected of a crime. It’s possible this version of the film flips the genders and has Gadot playing a version of Grant’s jewel thief.
Hitchcock films have long been getting remade, so this isn’t terribly surprising. It was only a year or so ago that Netflix released Ben Wheatley‘s new version of Rebecca.
Like a lot of Hitchock re-dos, which have also included new versions of Psycho, Notorious, and The 39 Steps, it was met with poor critical reception. To Catch A Thief will be hoping it can be the exception to the rule.
Gadot actually just played a similar thief role in the Netflix film Red Notice, so this is familiar territory for her. Her upcoming roles include Kenneth Branagh‘s Death Of The Nile, which will finally arrive next month after originally being scheduled to hit cinemas in December 2019.
Gadot also has Disney’s live-action Snow White remake in the works, as well as the big budget Cleopatra lined up.
It will be interesting to see what director is snagged to helm the To Catch A Thief remake. But Jones’ presence as the screenwriter should have plenty interested and gives the film a chance to step out of the Hitchcock shadow and stand alone as its own thing.