Memento, Christopher Nolan’s 2000 breakout thriller, is getting remade – and we’re more than just a bit sceptical about it.
AMBI Pictures, run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has announced it will finance and produce the remake.
The company has the remake rights due to its acquisition of the library of Exclusive Media Group. The 400-title library also contains such as movies as Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko,Rush and Sliding Doors, among others.
AMBI launched a new $200-million film fund last week, a movie which followed the acquisition of the library, and subsequently greenlit Memento as its latest production.
Memento starred Guy Pearce as a man who is tracking down his wife’s killer but suffers from a unique form of memory loss. The movie told part of its story in reverse order while another storyline was chronological. The two met at the end to devastating effect.
Memento, which was released by Newmarket Films, was nominated for best screenplay and best editing and heralded Nolan as a major talent. It grossed $25.5 million at the domestic box office, qualifying it as an indie hit, but it had an even greater impact on film lovers and moviegoers since its initial release.
In a statement, 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.”