Christopher Nolan may be known as being the director who brought Batman back from the dead—but before that, he made one of the best films of this century. It’s called Memento, and it stars Guy Pierce as a man with anterograde amnesia who tries to solve a murder.
The genius of the 2000 film, though, is Nolan tells the story backwards, putting the audience into the head of the main character and building up to an absolutely stunning reveal. It’s one of those movies that’s universally beloved and perfect in every way.
So, of course, Hollywood is going to remake it.
A company named AMBI Pictures just announced they’re going to finance and produce a remake of Memento. They can do so because they spent millions and millions of dollars for the rights to a film library that includes Cruel Intentions and Donnie Darko among others.
You think that’s scary? Not even close. The reasons given by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, the heads of AMBI, for why they are remaking this perfect movie are even scarier. Here’s 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.
Translation: It’s a movie you can watch again and again and though we know the original is immaculate and it’ll be impossible to live up to, we’re hoping you’ll pay $15 to watch it one more time. Here’s Bacardi:
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. 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.
Translation: Memento is a masterpiece, a film that can not be touched, so we’re not going to change anything, really. We’ll just make it again in almost exactly the same way, but now it has 15 years of baggage to remove any originality it had the first time.
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