The unstoppable march of the movie remake has continued its ceaseless and savage advance into the hallowed halls of cinematic lore - this time jumping upon Christopher Nolan's seminal narrative-twisting thriller, Memento.
The 2000 film, which arguably placed Nolan on the path to his later big budget blockbusters, is often celebrated as Nolan's best, and certainly most cerebral, film. However, it seems the executives of AMBI Pictures think they can do just as good as a job with a new remake.
AMBI Pictures recently acquired the library of Executive Media Group, meaning they got their hands on titles such as Memento, Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, Rush and Sliding Doors. Of course, having bought the titles, AMBI now want to make some serious cheddar from them, resulting in the inevitable remake. In a statement, AMBI executives Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi acknowledged the original was a masterpiece, and expressed their apparent desire to simply create a carbon copy of Memento. They claimed:
"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."
The original Memento starred Guy Pearce as a man suffering from a rare memory disorder which means he is unable to form new memories. However, this doesn't deter him from attempting to seek out his wife's murderers. The film utilizes an unusual narrative structure -- jumping between black and white and colored scenes -- with the final story only really coming together towards the end. Check out the original trailer below:
The film was a bonafide indie hit at its release, generating $25.5 million domestically and earning itself best screenplay and best editing nominations.
Currently there is no additional information regarding the remake.