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24th Mar 2023

‘The greatest film of all time’ is being remade with a massive A-lister reportedly in talks to star

Stephen Porzio

Vertigo remake

In 2012, it took the top spot in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll.

A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller masterpiece Vertigo is in the works, with Robert Downey Jr reportedly in talks to take on the lead role.

For those not aware, the 1958 film starred James Stewart as San Francisco police detective John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson who retires from the force after a traumatising incident in the line of duty leaves him with a debilitating fear of heights, as well as Vertigo.

Scottie is then hired as a private investigator by an old friend to investigate the latter’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is acting strangely. As he does so, the former detective winds up entangled in an unusual mystery.


Vertigo remake with Robert Downey Jr is in the works.

Vertigo received mixed reviews upon release but has gone on to garner great acclaim from film critics. Many have praised the movie for its beautiful scenery, dreamy atmosphere and dark portrait of psychological obsession.

In 2012, it replaced Citizen Kane in the number one spot in the magazine Sight & Sound’s prestigious Greatest Films of All Time poll.

Meanwhile, in the 2022 version of the poll, it ranked in second place behind the 1975 Belgian drama Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.

Deadline now states that Paramount Pictures has preemptively acquired a remake of Vertigo and that Robert Downey Jr is “eyeing” the lead role.

The actor is said to be also producing the remake, while its script is to be written by Peaky Blinders‘ creator Steven Knight.

It follows reports earlier this week that Knight is set to write a new Star Wars movie.

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