The movie that put Christopher Nolan on the map, and introduced his penchant for narrative-bending storytelling, “Memento” seems like the kind of film that is truly inimitable. But as such things go these days in Hollywood, a remake will be attempted.
So, why is this happening? A press release reveals that AMBI Pictures picked up the library of Exclusive Media Group, and among the titles (which also includes “Cruel Intentions” (which is getting a TV series), “Donnie Darko,” “Rush,” and “Sliding Doors“) is “Memento,” so one presumes that AMBI have to start figuring out how to recoup on the investment. Thus, we have arrived at remake. And while acknowledging Nolan’s movie is a “masterpiece,” AMBI execs Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are gonna do it anyway.
“ ‘Memento’ is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach,” they said in a statement. “We intend to 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. It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”
Well, good luck to whoever attempts to step into Nolan’s shoes. Share your feelings in the comments section below or via Post-It note.