1940s mystery drama ‘Rebecca’ to be re-made

Fans of all things Hitchcock, Daphne Du Maurier, Laurence Olivier, or indeed classic cinema should be interested to hear that the 1940 Noir, Rebecca is going to creep back onto the big screen in the form of a re-make.

Based on the best-selling 1938 novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is the story of a young woman who falls in love with rich aristocrat Maxim de Winter and attempts to take the place of his deceased wife Rebecca. However, all is not so simple and happy-ever-after as she finds that this ‘Rebecca’ still has some sort of hold over her new husband.

To make matters worse, the household staff remain loyal to de Winter’s deceased wife, especially the housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Judith Anderson) who appears rather sinister. The unsuspecting young woman was played in the first film by Joan Fontaine, while Sir Laurence Olivier played the rich widower.

This project, from DreamWorks and Working Title Films, is the next in a long line of Hollywood reboots, however it is being described as a true re-interpretation of the original Du Maurier novel rather than a remake of the film. We are not yet sure who will be stepping into the shoes of Sir Olivier and co., however we do know that Steven Knight will be writing the screenplay. The Oscar-nominee is known for penning David Cronenberg‘s Eastern Promises, Stephen Frear’s Dirty Pretty Things and creating the early script draft for the adaptation of Shutter Island (which Martin Scorsese chose not to use in the end). He also adapted the screenplay for Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol, which basically means that he is a pretty good man for the job.

However, we’re not sure how easy Knight will find it to make this film follow the book more closely than the first, as they seemed to get it pretty much spot-on in 1940 in most ways.

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