Another Hitchcock Remake Anyone?12.02.12 # Remake # 5 Comments
Dreamworks and Working Title are inviting us to visit Manderley again, with a remake of Rebecca.
The classic gothic story, penned by Daphne du Maurier in 1938, sees a naive, nameless heroine marry the recently widowed and enigmatic Maxim de Winter, but she is haunted by the presence of Rebecca, Maxim’s adored former wife.
Those involved in this new adaptation will have a daunting silhouette to fill. Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock adapted the story in 1941 as his first Hollywood film and it won him Best Picture, his only Oscar triumph. Back then handsome thespian Sir Laurence Olivier played Maxim, Joan Fontaine was the vulnerable heroine, and Judith Anderson portrayed the scary and psychotic Mrs Danvers.
The only sense of dread Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho produced was when it was announced. And so it might be here, but there are glimmers of hope. This contemporary version is in the hands of Oscar-nominated writer Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, the superb Dirty Pretty Things) and veteran producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Let’s hope the casting is as favourable.
Here’s a clip from the original -