Movie remakes can be the bane of one’s existence, especially when it comes to remaking something as original and innovative as a film like Memento. The 2001 film, which was Christopher Nolan‘s second directorial effort, earned Oscar nominations for Best Writing and Best Editing, and is now heading for the remake treatment.
Memento starred Guy Pearce as the lead protagonist who is unable to form short-term memory, forcing him to tattoo clues on his body in an effort to solve his wife’s murder. But what made the film earn its Best Editing nomination was how it was presented. Audiences see the film spilt into two different parts, in a series of black-and-white scenes presented chronologically, but on the other end of that spectrum, series of color sequences are shown in reverse order.
It is among one of Nolan’s offerings, and can be considered one the the best films of recent memory. Ironically, we are going to wish we can wipe out the thought of a remake of the film from our memory as Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi of AMBI Pictures announced that they are remaking Memento.
Iervolino and Barcardi made the announcement of the Memento remake in a press release (via THR) today.
Here’s what Barcadi had to say:
‘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.
While some may obviously be unhappy with the news and ask why even bother remaking such a great film, we still don’t know much about the remake other than the fact that it shares the title Memento. There are even times that remakes have surprised us. So we should reserve our judgment until the film is released, because we might even regret what we have said about the film being bad from the start. Of course, if the Memento remake does end up being awful, then it just goes to show that most of us who weren’t on board for the remake were right all along.