Christopher Nolan's 'Memento' is Being Remade by AMBI Pictures

November 16, 2015


Another day, another remake. This time it's another movie that just doesn't need to be remade, and may be hitting too close to home for some. Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's AMBI Pictures have officially announced a remake of Christopher Nolan's 2000 thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss. It's one of many films ("400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites") that AMBI acquired in picking up the Exclusive Media Group film library. They claim in the press release that the remake will "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." Okay. But the question always is: do we really need this?

This Memento remake is the first feature production as part of the launch of AMBI's new $200 million film fund. Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are anchor investors in the fund along with New York based private equity firm Raven Capital Management LLC. The original film was written and directed by Nolan and helped launch his career, earning him the chance to make Insomnia at Warner Bros. The film follows Guy Pearce as a man trying to track down the person who raped and murdered his wife. However, he has a rare form of memory loss, only able to remember the last 15 minutes. The film is especially unique with a narrative that unfolds in two different sequences that eventually connect at the end. From the press release:

Said Iervolino, "'Memento' has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen 'Memento' 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks to the brilliance or Christopher Nolan, but we wouldn’t want it any other way."

Iervolino added, "Our acquisition of the EMG library reinforced our commitment to build a strong global studio with a strong pipeline of commercial films that can play to a worldwide audience. Bringing a new ‘Memento’ to audiences is an initial example of how we intend to execute this strategy."

No matter what they say, this still doesn't seem like a good idea. Remake one of Christopher Nolan's most unique films? I guess it was 15 years ago. Sure, it's not the most popular of Nolan's movies but it definitely has a following even nowadays. I'm intrigued to see what happens with this remake - mostly who they hire to write and direct, and how it will be different. I can't imagine they'll repeat the exact same intertwining storyline as seen in the original? If they do, then what's the point of the remake? Surely there's some other way to tell a twisted, kind of story-in-reverse like this. Again, it all comes down to who they hire to direct.

In the press release, it also mentions that AMBI took ownership of "other titles" including this list: Begin Again, Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, End of Watch, Ides of March, Hit & Run, The Mexican, Parkland, Rush, Sliding Doors, Snitch, Undefeated and The Way Back. What I hope is that this is not a preliminary list of titles they hope to remake/revisit sometime soon, because most of these should be left alone. Donnie Darko - don't touch it, please. Then again, the state of Hollywood these days is pretty dire, and all we're seeing are remakes and reboots and franchises restarts, so why not toss in a few more. Your thoughts?

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What is wrong with people?

Have Hope on Nov 16, 2015


A committee engaged to waste money and greenlight remakes that have no business being remade...ridiculous

Joker's hideout on Nov 16, 2015


spot on. a committee of morons. this fails all of the slender reasons for a remake. it's not a half-forgotten property or a poorly made mistake, people still rewatch the existing, outstanding film all the time. it's well scripted and well acted and demands repeat viewing. crucially, it's still as good today as when it was first released.

son_et_lumiere on Nov 16, 2015


I fairly sure everyone that thought this was a good idea needs a throat punch.

borninatrailer on Nov 16, 2015


WHAAAAA???? This is a spoof, right?

TheOct8pus on Nov 16, 2015


I only hope they make a trilogy as a prequel to Memento.

capitandelespacio on Nov 16, 2015


Said Iervolino, "'Memento' has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen 'Memento' 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. " That's why we DON'T need a remake!!! The original is perfect just the way it is!!! "This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake." Fuck you, Iervolino!!

TheOct8pus on Nov 16, 2015


i am half convinced this is a joke. who really watches Memento, Donnie Darko, End of Watch, or Rush and thinks: let's do that again. only a group of creatively bankrupt film rights vultures. proof positive that a committee would churn out a camel when tasked with designing a horse.

son_et_lumiere on Nov 16, 2015


I've always thought that what Memento was missing was more action. Maybe a really elaborate and drawn out action sequence featuring loads of US military hardware that somehow, inexplicably, ends up being painfully boring. Let's cross our fingers and hope that when they pick a director, we get some Baysplosions!

borninatrailer on Nov 16, 2015


Maybe the people at AMBI all suffer from the same rare form of memory loss that Leonard has and keep forgetting that THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA!

W. on Nov 16, 2015


Yeah someone needs to tattoo that on everyone of their foreheads!

David Diaz on Nov 16, 2015


If this remake happens I will definitely not go see it. I clearly remember going to see this in a little mom and pop theater in Syracuse while I was in university and being completely floored by it. Absolutely love this film. Now if they just want to use the name and tell a completely different story in a similar fashion, then maybe I'd consider it. It would have to look really great though since we are already familiar with the style.

David Diaz on Nov 16, 2015


For fuks sake !!! If this is for real and they announce a Donnie Darko remake, I am going to explode and get medieval on these bitches !!!

Tester on Nov 16, 2015


Please don't jinx it, Donnie Darko is one of my all time favorites, bad enough they're remaking Memento!

Justin R on Nov 16, 2015


Unless they somehow convince Bugs Bunny to star in it.

bumboclot on Nov 16, 2015


"People who’ve seen 'Memento' 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake" No, that quality makes it a classic that needs no fucking with.

Higgens on Nov 16, 2015


What's next, a remake of "The Usual Suspects"? come on, no way I would bother to see the remake.

Boomerwithaview on Nov 16, 2015


This is just stupid and ridiculous. Instead of remaking the great movies, why not use hindsight and take movies which had really good and interesting premises but were mishandled and try to improve on them instead? There are so many bad movies which can be remade into good ones.

Firefly15 on Nov 16, 2015


The only one who will enjoy this movie is the guy from Momento who can't remember the first one!

bumboclot on Nov 16, 2015


MEIN G-D! So they are mining the 00's now?! What a time to be a film fan. Although, I was initially extremely turned off by this announcement, I am now quite interested to see what happens with this project.

DAVIDPD on Nov 16, 2015


I hope this is all leading to an On Deadly Ground remake.

Mike on Nov 16, 2015


Nice pull!

grimjob on Nov 16, 2015


I guess they are totally out of ideas. Cinema as we know it is...doomed. :

Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 16, 2015



Have Hope on Nov 17, 2015


What a unique idea, and will most certainly be lucrative. "supports and justifies a remake."

grimjob on Nov 16, 2015


Not surprising that they would try to remake such a beloved movie, but this time it just makes no sense at all. Typically a remake allows a filmmaker to present the same story but through a different style and/or point of view. In the case of "Memento", the style is as much the identity of the movie as the story. So I'm curious to see if they replicate the timeline of the original and also the use of both B&W and color. If so, then why bother remaking? If not, then it's not really going to be Memento is it? It's a lose/lose in my view. Having said that, let's remember that one of Nolan's films, "Insomnia", was also a remake (though under very different circumstances).

John M on Nov 16, 2015


A shot-for-shot remake with exactly the same actors would make sense.

eurogibbon on Nov 17, 2015

28 a Memento: version 2?

TheOct8pus on Nov 17, 2015


Right, and people would be like, "Hey, didn't we see this already?" "Maybe, I can't remember..."

eurogibbon on Nov 17, 2015


good idea for a spoof or a skit

Joker's hideout on Nov 17, 2015


Maybe if you change the character in a isis soldier it could work and it would be pretty actual....

ari smulders on Nov 17, 2015


I wish I could forget I read this news...

cuckoozey on Nov 17, 2015


john G raped and killed one of my favorite movies

Ryan on Nov 17, 2015


RIP Hollywood.

Eggyweggs on Nov 17, 2015


It's a shame there's already a film called Deja Vu, that would be a good title.

eurogibbon on Nov 17, 2015


Must be a reboot cause CN would not allow this.

Cyberdine on Nov 17, 2015


Not sure of the details, but I doubt it's his call.

grimjob on Nov 17, 2015


Yea I'm pretty sure he doesn't actually own the rights to the movie. Early on in a filmmaker's career, they don't really have that kind of power, and to make the film at all someone has to own the rights to it. The AMBI Pictures company bought the rights to the film, and thus (likely included in some clause in some contract) they can remake it if they want.

Alex Billington on Nov 17, 2015


Pretty much what I figured. Appreciate your reply, been on your site since around 2008 (?). You're practically a celebrity.

grimjob on Nov 17, 2015


Ha. Thanks. And psht no way! Still just a movie lover.

Alex Billington on Nov 18, 2015


I could have sworn Memento itself was a remake of a japanese film or an adaptation or something, but looked it up and apparently not whatsoever, so I'm wrong. Did anyone else eve hear that or am I having my own memory problems?

OfficialJab on Nov 17, 2015


They'd save a lot of money if they simply rereleased the original for a new audience. New marketing campaign, newly cut trailer... Just stop remaking great films. Stick to old, outdated movies. The Thing was a decent remake. The Fly was a decent remake. Absolutely nothing about Memento is outdated. Where will this madness stop?

Jonathan on Nov 17, 2015


Absolutely unnecessary. Some movies are perfect. They do not deserve an ill-thought remake made with the intention of profitability rather than creativity.

theboyd on Nov 19, 2015

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