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Dreamworks Is Remaking Daphne DuMaurier and Alfred Hitchcock's REBECCA!

Nordling here.

To be fair, it's more of an adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's novel, but nevertheless, it's going before the screen again.  Screenwriter Steven Knight has the script honors, and according to Variety, they will be sticking closely to the source material more than simply adapting Hitchcock's film.

I'm actually okay with that.  REBECCA is a fantastic book, with a definite mood about it, and if the filmmakers know how to slowly raise the tension I think it could be quite interesting to see.  But will they make REBECCA a modern-day take on the material?  I'd say that's a probable yes, which deflates my interest in the movie somewhat, but it all depends on who will be behind the camera.  

I think this would be an exercise in real unease and tension if done right, and since this is a Dreamworks project I could see Steven Spielberg playing in Hitchcock's wheelhouse, but he's already got enough on his plate for the next few years.  So who would you like to see direct this?  My first thought was to the Coens, but since another screenwriter is already working on this, that's highly unlikely that will happen.

In the meantime, the Blu-Ray of hitchcock's one Best Picture winner is out, and well worth picking up.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    after Disturbia$$

    by lcworld

    Remake of Rear Window made some bucks. Hope this one is better.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by Vincent Gecko

    And it's not like he wrote the book. Plus I remember the book being a lot better than the movie, here's to a truer adaptation!

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Remake or re-adaptation? Depends on the director...

    by Jay

    If it was Fincher, it would be a new adaptation. If it's Matt Reeves, it's a remake. Never underestimate the hypocrisy of the fanboy...

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    If they want to remake a movie.....

    by Clio

    fine. Go ahead. But I don't see any way it could ever match up with the original. It was a close to perfect as you can get. The new remake would best be appreciated by those who have never seen the original. By the way, if I'm not mistaken, I believe that Joan Fontaine and her sister, Olivia de Haviland, are still not speaking to each other. And they are both in their nineties!

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    They should remake Psycho, that would be a grand idea.

    by Simpsonian

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Will they Twilightize it?

    by lv_426

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Director? Joe Wright

    by mr.underwater


  • Feb. 9, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Sex up Mrs Danvers...

    by Artemis Webb

    and have flashbacks of her and Rebecca giving each other some wild leather strap on action...and it might be okay.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure about this...

    by ltgalloway

    I really don't know if they can capture the right tone of Mrs. Danvers infatuation and eery stillness. It's a tough mark to hit and it was already done so brilliantly in Hitchcocks adaptation that I don't see the need to go there again. I hope for the best and fear for the worst.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Oh boy, I can't wait to see "I" played by a sullen Kristen Stewart...

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I find it amusing

    by bodian26

    that Nordling says that this film will be more of an adaptation than a remake. David O. Selznick produced the original and much like "Gone with the Wind" before it, made sure the film followed the book exactly. Hitchcock wanted to adapt it differently (towards his style), but Selznick insisted that if one was adapt a popular book into a film, it must play exactly the way the reader pictures it. Hitchcock later remarked that he never again touch a classic novel for this very reason. All of his adaptations after this were of lesser known stories. When watching the Best Picture winner "Rebecca" today, one clearly feels these two titans battling it out scene after scene over the integrity of the overall picture. Fascinating.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    My great great aunt was in this

    by Kris Downes

    Gladys Cooper, I always thought she was Mrs Danvers but she turned out to be some other role which made me look like I was lying when people found out Mrs Danvers was not called Gladys Cooper :)

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Hey why not

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Hitchcock's is so DATED.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Joan Fontaine is still with us. Recast her!

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Branagh for the Olivier part and Samuel L. Jackson for the George Sanders part. It all fits together perfectly.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Dear Hollyweird,

    by Ted Knight


  • Almost.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Brian DePalma

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Steven Knight, writer of "Eastern Promises" fame?

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    Or infamy. I think that people were expecting something equally as viscious and unhinged as "A History of Violence," its satiric edge. Instead, they got Cronenberg at his most clinical. The intelligence and emotional restraint, the moral outrage at the heart of "Eastern Promises" actually passed me by my first visit. The coldness and austerity and the numbing little bits of misanthropy and lack of valuation of the human individual, well, it hit me as hard and detached as a flippant browseing through of crime scene photos: no connection, just mystification and denial. Viggo's Machivellian transformation by film end though caught me off gaurd, even as you could see him planning it mid-film. The sacrifice of it had a definite weight. And in the end, I found myself stunned by this picture which seemed to both loathe deeply and yet still understand the underground of London - and it in its telling, unravel a story in which we are willing to descend into that very gutter, even a little singed. It is not the heroine that we find ourselves empathizing with, though we may admire her, but it is with the young man whose lifestory has taken him on a path with no turning back, only navigable with a moral fierceness and determination of will that we cannot fathom. It is a film that challanges our vision of what goodness is. A tremendous and quite unpretentious piece of writeing; I sense a deep admiration for the script in Cronenberg's steadiness in steering us through its little labyrinth A cut and dry piece of noirish crime telling. And so it is with excitement that I receive this news.

  • Its hidden depths, its meat of marrow, I have not yet found them. (Though I know them to exist.) It is just one of those films that has yet to hook me.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    And, I agree, Joe Wright would be an interesting choice.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • I would see that movie.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    FINCHER could knock this out of the park

    by melonman

    Not as though he has anything else he wants to do right now. Problem with DE PALMA is he'd be doing it in a Hitchcockian style, which would be a backwards move - too much homage.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 5:55 a.m. CST

    David Lynch has my vote

    by JAGUART

    Lynch would masterfully update this tale, and create the dread, glamour and presence of Rebecca and esp the creepy vibe with Mrs. Danvers. This has Lynch all over it.

  • and stop fuckin ruining the classics and come up with something original for a change. What's next a remake of Gone With The Wind? Fuck Hollyweird!

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Most boring book I've ever read

    by SunsetLament

    ... and the movie sucked too.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    With a name such as 'Dreamworks' ...

    by The StarWolf

    ... you'd think they'd have enough imagination to manage better than yet another remake.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    Fuck Off!!!

    by MainMan2001

    This will be terrible no matter what!!! Mark my fuckong words.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Can we get a remake of The Birds???

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Maybe it will spark a remake of all those killer animal movies. The Bees...Squirm?

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I agree!!!! I never got it. I finally sat down to watch this about four years ago, knowing full well that it was supposed to be "Hitchcock's masterpiece" and his only Best Picture-winner. When the movie ended, I was hit with a full dose of, "That's it?" Yet, like you, I could sense the genius of it, just below the surface, but it didn't hit me full on. I've watched it once since then, and had the same response to it. Oh well, it's not like I've formed my opinion of Hitch based on just this. And why isn't Torn Curtain with Paul Newman considered one of his masterpieces? One of the most suspenseful movies I've ever watched.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Lynch is the man for this if...

    by gus

    he can keep the narative linear and resist the urge to turn the characters into cartoons i think he could capture the vibe of this

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    must be easy to work in hollywood

    by CT1

    dont have to think or do anything its already been done 4 u

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    It was remade...

    by The_Skook

    ...just a few years a go with Charles Dance, Emilia Fox, Faye Dunaway and Diana Rigg as Mrs Danvers. Not sure a new adaptation is entirely necessary, but when has that ever stopped anyone.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Only one director for the job, really.

    by captaincosmos

    Tim Story. End of discussion.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS (in loosely descending order):

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Adrain Lyne Peter Weir Sam Mendes Neil Jordan Joe Wright Alfonso Cuaron Vadim Perelman Scott Hicks Roman Polanski Martin Scorsese Richard Attenborough Ridley Scott Steven Spielberg Roland Joffe Ang Lee Cary Fukunaga Alejandro Amenábar Wong Kar Wai Shekhar Kapur Jane Campion David Yates Alan Parker Gillian Armstrong John Madden Hugh Hudson Jean Jacques-Annaud Michael Apted Mike Newell John Curran Brian Singer M. Night Shyamalan Francis Ford Coppola Brian De Palma Christopher Nolan David Fincher Edward Zwick Michael Caton Jones Marc Forster Rowan Joffe Kenneth Branagh Jon Amiel Stephen Daldry Martin Campbell Zhang Yimou Rob Marshall Roland Emmerich Roger Spottiswood

  • Feb. 11, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by wellgoodgravy

    Her name's Newt. Nobody calls her Rebecca, except her mother.