Is it total hubris or a stroke of genius to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterfully intense psychological thriller “Rebecca”? Either way, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to pull it off, setting Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”) to write the screenplay.
The 1940 Oscar-winning film, starring Laurence Olivier as a mysterious, troubled widower and Joan Fontaine as his naive new bride, was apparently based on an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel – Knight will reportedly return to the original for source material.
Given the current cultural predilection for contemporized Gothic material, this could be an intriguing gambit, although it’s clearly going to be acutely cast-dependent — no word on the anticipated lineup yet. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing for Working Title.