Though it seems hard to believe, Alfred Hitchcock only directed one film during his prolific career that won Best Picture at the Academy Awards: 1940’s Rebecca, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Now the gothic story based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel is getting a remake, courtesy of the folks at DreamWorks.
Variety has the news, and add some more intriguing info: Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight will write this version, using the original book as inspiration. 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 the first wife maintains a grip on her husband and the servants.”
If Knight – who, by the way, is also working on a draft for Eastern Promises 2 – is using du Maurier’s novel, I doubt we’ll see a Disturbia-esque modern take on the story. I saw Rebecca for the first time last year and it’s got a great sense of unease throughout, so I’d highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t gotten around to it.
Do you think Hitchcock’s filmography should go untouched, or are you OK with a remake like this?