Promotional portrait of British-born American film and television director Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980), dressed in a tuxedo, as he aims a revolver for his anthology program 'The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,' December 12, 1962. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

One of cinema’s all time greats, Alfred Hitchcock has left a legacy of truly incredible film behind him. Known as the Master of Suspense, the care and detail put into every frame of his work is so meticulous that he is still considered one of the finest filmmakers of all time, despite the far more advanced tools contemporary creators have to work with. It would be wonderful to see what someone with his talents could do with those tools. Sadly, until scientists perfect time travel, this is impossible, and directly remaking his work would set everyone involved in the project up against some very high standards.

But Universal Cable Productions has struck a deal with the Hitchcock estate to create a series in tribute to the great filmmaker anyway.

The new series will recreate classic Hitchcock stories, with each season revolving around one crime or mystery. Although there has been little concrete information released about the specific tales involved, although there have been suggestions that it will be inspired by classics such as Psycho and The Birds, as well as the original television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, hosted by Hitchcock himself that ran for ten years.

The pilot episode will be directed by Chris Columbus, who will also be working as an executive producer, alongside an executive production team including Michael BarnathanTimmy ThompsonTodd Thompson, and the Hitchcock family, who have given their blessing to this project as a tribute.

Katie O’Connell-Fiala, speaking on behalf of the Hitchcock Trust, said:

“Our grandfather always collaborated with the best and the brightest to help shape his vision. We’re confident that Universal Cable Productions will take great care in helping us to continue preserving his legacy.”

The anthology is designed to created in the classic Hitchcock style and will premiere a number of filmmakers and artists who wish to take part in the homage to the late legend.

Category: Film