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Dimension, RKO share ‘Suspicion’

Hitchcock remake draft penned Browning

Dimension Films and RKO Pictures have teamed up to co-produce a remake of the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Suspicion.”

RKO’s chairman-CEO Ted Hartley and Wendy Finerman (“Forrest Gump”) will serve as producers on the project, the rights for which are owned by RKO.

RKO and Dimension co-produced “Ritual,” part of the “Tales of the Crypt” series, to be released in the coming year. Several years ago, RKO entered into a multipic pact with Dimension.

Classic thriller

Based on the original Frances Iles novel “Before the Fact,” “Suspicion” is a classic Hitchcockian thriller about a reserved young woman who marries a man after a brief whirlwind romance but begins to suspect that he is trying to kill her for her money. Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine starred in the original film.

“I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock, and it’s an honor to be a part of the history of his filmmaking,” said Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein.

Added Hartley: “We’re delighted with this expansion of the successful RKO/Dimension producing relationship. I believe that fine contemporary films can be generated from classic movies. We find many of these in the RKO library.”

Script in hand

For Dimension, Jesse Berdinka, director of production and development, will oversee the project with co-head of production Andrew Rona. Julia Halperin, veep of production, will oversee for RKO.

A draft of the script has been penned by Michael Browning, repped by the William Morris Agency.

Michael Helfant, senior executive veep and Michael Marshall, senior director of business and legal affairs, negotiated the pact on behalf of Dimension. Adam Rosen, RKO’s senior veep of business affairs and general counsel, negotiated on behalf of RKO.