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.
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.
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