DreamWorks & Working Title Remaking Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rebecca'
Expect the unexpected - time for an Alfred Hitchcock remake. And oh so perfectly timed with the Oscars coming up, as Hitchcock's 1940 romantic mystery Rebecca is the only one of his films to actually win Best Picture, oddly enough. Variety reports that DreamWorks and Working Title Films, two big studios in town, are developing a feature remake of Rebecca that will feature a screenplay written by Oscar nominated writer Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace, Eastern Promises, Hummingbird), adapting from Daphne DuMaurier's original novel. Justin Lowe appropriately wonders: might this just be "crazy brilliant?"
Hitchcock's Rebecca is his first American project, a 1940 psychological/dramatic noir thriller produced with David O. Selznick. The story follows a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and settles in his gigantic mansion, only to find that the memory of his dead first wife maintains a grip on her husband and the servants. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Picture, out of a total 11 nominations. What an odd Hitchcock film to choose to remake, but maybe that's why it's a brilliant choice, considering I hope they don't touch most of his other films. Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title. It's just in early development with a script being written, no director yet. We'll watch for any updates. Worried?