Christopher Nolan’s Memento to be remade

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In 2000, visionary director Christopher Nolan’s directed his breakout effort Memento, which became somewhat of a cult classic. Now, fifteen years later, Memento is being remade by AMBI Pictures who will finance and produce their new version.

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The noir thriller Memento starred Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a short term amnesia sufferer who goes on a mission to track down his wife’s killer. It had a very unique two-part story structure as one plotline was told in reverse order while the other was told chronologically. Nolan adapted his brother Jonathan’s short story ‘Memento Mori’ to form his own script. On a $9 million budget Memento grossed a respectable $39.7 million, scored an impressive 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and launched the career of Nolan. He, of course, went on to make huge blockbuster hits such as The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar.

AMBI Pictures have the rights to remake Memento as last September they bought the Exclusive Media Group film library, which also includes films such as Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, Rush and The Woman in Black. Last week, they announced a $200 million film fund to bankroll their productions.

In a statement, head of AMBI Pictures, Monika 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, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”

However, AMBI Pictures’ decision to remake Memento has been met with an overwhelmingly negative response from film fans. Many took to Twitter to voice their concerns.

Upon hearing the news, yours truly tweeted:

*Forgive my incredibly poor misspelling of “of” – D’oh!!!

Anyway, it may be possible that the news of a renowned director and perfect-fitting cast  joining the reboot may cause  some fans to warm to the idea. Judging by Memento’s beloved status, though, it seems a long shot that such a possibility would ever occur.

Feel free to leave your views on the Memento remake in the comments section.

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3 thoughts on “Christopher Nolan’s Memento to be remade

  1. Why, oh why is this happening. First I hear about Blade Runner remake and now Memento. Also, AMBI’s comments are contradictory,

    “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”

    If this is the case then why bother remaking it at all. If it is going to be true to Nolan’s original, equally edgy, iconic, and award worthy then why bother. It will never achieve the same cult status and will only further divide viewers over the course of modern Hollywood.

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    1. To be fair they’re making a Blade Runner sequel, not a remake, but you’re right it seems unnecessary. Although Mad Max and Jurassic World proved that sequels after such a long time can still be good, it’s fair to still be sceptical. There is definitely no need to do a Memento remake. I think if studios are gonna be so unoriginal, they should make similar films to classics but package them in a way so there’s absolutely no prior association with whats gone on before. Instead of a Memento remake, keep the script and call it something entirely different. That way film fans can appreciate (or not) a film for what it is and not how it compares to the original. Big thanks for reading and for commenting!

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      1. Ah yes, my mistake. Blade Runner II, but it is still shocking. Mad Max and Jurassic World thrived but I fear Blade Runner is too unique to warrant a sequel. I just don’t think Memento should be touched, period. My pleasure friend, always great to read opinions on controversial matters

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