Paramount is looking to adapt Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and has tapped Veena Sud of AMC’s “The Killing” to pen the script, with Montecito Pictures producing.
The original film, based on Francis Iles’s 1932 novel “Before the Fact,” centered on a dowdy young woman (portrayed by Joan Fontaine) marrying an irresponsible charmer (played by Cary Grant) despite the strong disapproval of her wealthy father — and then beginning to suspect that her husband plans to kill her. Fontaine won a best actress Oscar for her perf in the 1941 feature.
It’s the first feature gig for Sud — the exec producer and showrunner who shepherded the U.S. adaptation of the Danish drama series “The Killing,” which made a splash for AMC in its debut last year. The second season of “The Killing” returns April 1.
Sud’s previous TV credits include executive producing CBS’ “Cold Case” and writing for ABC’s “Push, Nevada.”
Deal for “Suspicion” comes on the heels of DreamWorks and Working Title Films announcing plans for a remake of Hitchcock
’s “Rebecca” with “Eastern Promises” scribe Steven Knight
Montecito is also in pre-production on “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho,’?” based on Stephen Rebello’s book. Anthony Hopkins is attached to star on the Fox Searchlight project. Montecito produced last year’s romantic comedy “No Strings Attached
” for Paramount.
Sud is repped by CAA. Her attorney is Bruce Gellman of Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.