Robert Downey Jr. teams with Paramount to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Since calling time on the MCU with Avengers: Endgame back in 2019, we’ve seen very little of Robert Downey Jr.; by the time Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer opens this summer it will have been more than three years since his first post-Iron Man venture Dolittle, and now it seems the actor is looking to set his next big screen project.

As reported by Deadline, Paramount Pictures is developing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, which has Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight on board to script (his second high profile gig this week after Lucasfilm’s next Star Wars movie) and Downey circling the lead role, played by James Stewart in the original film.

Based on the French novel D’entre les morts, Hitchcock’s Vertigo saw Stewart playing John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, a retired police detective with severe acrophobia and vertigo, who is hired by an acquaintance to investigate the man’s wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), who has started acting strangely. 

The Vertigo remake will be produced by Team Downey – a.k.a. Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey – along with John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. At the time of writing, there’s no word on a potential director, nor has Downey closed his deal to star.

Downey is currently shooting Park Chan-wood’s The Sympathizer, a limited series from A24 and HBO. He’ll next be seen in Oppenheimer, which opens in cinemas in July. Watch the trailer here.


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