OK, OK – that headline is a bit misleading. Perry and his production company, 34th Street Films, may not be doing a direct remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film, but they are developing a film based on the same short story that inspired the voyeuristic classic.
Pajiba reports that Perry (Madea Goes to Jail, I Can Do Bad All By Myself) is basing his film on “It Had to be Murder,” the famous short story written by Cornell Woolrich back in 1942. Perry, a jack-of-all-trades director, writer, producer, playwright, and actor, is only on board as a producer for this project; the purpose of his newly-formed 34th Street Films is to “extend [his] brand” with new writers and directors, so he’s looking for some fresh blood to ease his workload. Considering Perry’s track record, it’s a safe bet to assume he’ll furnish an all-black cast and attempt to urbanize this story for his demographic.
In case you haven’t seen Rear Window – and if this is you, please rectify that situation immediately – or D.J. Caruso’s 2007 update Disturbia, the premise revolves around a wheelchair-bound man who watches the day-to-day activity of his neighbors through a pair of binoculars. The suspense ramps up when the man realizes one of his neighbors may be a murderer.