Rebecca

Remakes can be tricky propositions under the best of circumstances. When the property in question is a former Academy Award winner or a beloved classic by a revered auteur — in other words, something that’s still held in very high esteem by plenty of people — the project gets even tougher to pull off without inspiring mass grumbling.

But DreamWorks is attempting to do just that with their planned remake of Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock‘s only Best Picture winner, and now they’ve found a director to help them out. Nikolaj Arcel, who last helmed the Danish Best Foreign Language Film nominee A Royal Affair, has just signed on to direct the new version of the movie. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Alfred Hitchcock‘s filmography reads like an all-time best of list: Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Notorious, The Birds, it goes on and on. But out of all of Hitchcock’s movies, only one received the Academy Award for Best Picture: 1940′s Rebecca. Hitchcock’s first American project, Rebecca featured Laurence Olivier as a widower whose new wife (Joan Fontaine) is overwhelmed by the spirit of his late wife, the title character. It was based on a 1938 book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.

Now, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to go back to the source material and remake the story with Steven Knight, who wrote Eastern Promises for David Cronenberg, hired to write the screenplay. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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