In news that is will be seen sacrilege to many, Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough film, 2000s “Memento” is getting a remake.
The original had a nonlinear narrative, that was edited with film running backwards, about an amnesiac Leonard (Guy Pearce) who uses his own body tattoos as clues, in order to find the man who murdered his wife. The film has gained cult status and propelled the British filmmaker Nolan into the zeitgeist.
AMBI Pictures recently bought up all the rights to Exclusive Media Group’s library of four Hundred titles, which include “Memento”. AMBI has given Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi the task to produce the film. Bacardi said in a statement:
“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, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”
Iervolino adds that the film’s quality and need for multiple viewings justifies the need for a remake:
“‘Memento’ has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen ‘Memento’ 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks to the brilliance or Christopher Nolan, but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Our acquisition of the EMG library reinforced our commitment to build a strong global studio with a strong pipeline of commercial films that can play to a worldwide audience. Bringing a new ‘Memento’ to audiences is an initial example of how we intend to execute this strategy.”
Other movies acquired by AMBI include:”Donnie Darko,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Rush” and “Sliding Doors”, are we to expect more remake announcements? No word on when the “Memento” remake will go into production, or a release date.