Movie remakes are often deemed unnecessary, with many criticising that it is just a lazy cash-in for desparate filmmakers. But of course, not all remakes are terrible because some of them are actually far more superior to the original. Case in point, “True Grit” by the Coen brothers.
Now, let’s hope the same magic will happen to Christopher Nolan‘s “Memento” because according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 2000 breakout thriller will be getting a remake treatment.
The trade reported that the movie will be financed and produced by AMBI Pictures.
The company, which was owned by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, earned the remake rights after acquiring the 400-title library of Exclusive Media Group in September. “Cruel Intentions“, “Donnie Darko“, “Rush”, and “Sliding Doors” are among the movies included in the library.
In a press statement, Bacardi said:
“Memento” is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We intend to stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original.
“It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original,” he said. “But we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers,” he added.
“Memento” is one of the first few movies to have propelled Nolan to international fame and turned him into one of Hollywood’s most sought-after filmmakers.
The story is based on “Memento Mori”, a short story written by his brother/frequent collaborator Jonathan Nolan (of “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar” fame). It starred Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man who is searching for his wife’s killer, but suffers from anterograde amnesia. Thus, he searches for the killer based on clues he has tattoed onto his body.
Part of the story was presented in a series of colour sequences shown in reverse order, simulating in the audience that the protagonist’s mental condition. Another storyline was presented in a series of black-and-white sequences shown chronologically. Both storylines met at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.
The film grossed an impressive USD40 million worldwide on a USD9 million budget. It was even nominated for “Best Editing” and “Best Original Screenplay” on Oscars. Nolan was also heralded as a major talent while Pearce became a formidable actor on big screen.
This film isn’t the only iconic film to receive the remake treatment by Hollywood as the remakes of “The Entity“, “Gremlins“, “The Ring“, “The Craft“, “Jumanji“, “It“, “The Neverending Story“, and “The Blob” are currently in the works too.
So, who do you think should join the remake cast? Will the remake be as good, if not better than the original? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.