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RKO, Universal on ‘Suspicion’

Browning to pen retelling of 1941 Hitchcock thriller

RKO Pictures is in talks with Universal to dust off and adapt Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 suspense thriller “Suspicion,” tapping Michael Browning (“Six Days, Seven Nights”) to pen the script.

The companies plan to put the pic into production next year. Film will be produced by Wendy Finerman (“Forrest Gump”) and RKO’s Ted Hartley. U will be the pic’s domestic distributor and RKO Intl. will take overseas.

New take

RKO’s “Suspicion” will not be a remake but rather a modern rethinking of the thriller.

In the original, Joan Fontaine played a protected woman of an English country manor who falls in love and elopes with Cary Grant, a poor happy-go-lucky Joe who counts on her family amply providing for both of them. The woman overlooks the man’s financial irresponsibility until she discovers that he has stolen a large sum of money from the estate and is trying to kill her. Fontaine won the best actress Oscar for her performance.

‘Suspicion’ minds

Project’s development will be overseen by RKO’s veep of the producer circle, Julia Halperin, U execs Mary Parent and Tim O’Hair, and Finerman’s head of development, Greg Mooridian.

Browning, who wrote and directed the independent feature “More Dogs Than Bones,” is repped by Ramses IsHak and David Lubliner at the William Morris Agency.

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