In news that really shouldn’t surprise us, but kinda does, Christopher Nolan’s Memento is getting remade.
AMBI Pictures just announced they will produce and finance the remake, this coming after acquiring the rights to it from Exclusive Media Group. AMBI also grabbed up the rights to 400 other films from EMG including: Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, Rush and Sliding Doors… so expect some other remake announcements in the near future.
Memento stars Guy Pearce as a man who suffers from short term memory loss and creates a unique system of tattooing himself (among other things) in order to help retain his memories while he tries to track his wife’s killer. The film has two storylines that interchange – one is told chronologically and the other is told backwards, making it a bit of a head trip.
The film was nominated for best screenplay and best editing and thrusted Christopher Nolan into the spotlight. Memento grossed $25.5 million domestically and since its release has gained somewhat of a cult status among movie fans.
In a statement, AMBI president 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.”
I can understand remaking a comic book movie or a horror film, but messing with Memento seems stupid. It’s already perfect. It’d be like remaking The Godfather… what’s the point?