In today’s bit of oddball movie news, it was announced that Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece thriller, Memento, is set to get its own reboot. Why AMBI Pictures, the studio behind the remake, has set it’s sites on this particular film for a reboot has left many fans feeling a bit uneasy as the films twisted story and structure were so incredibly unique that most feel that it can’t exactly be recaptured, much in the way that it would be nearly impossible to recreate the mysteries behind the Sixth Sense or the Usual Suspects.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that AMBI launched a $200M film fund last week and that Memento is to be their first big project. According to studio executive, Monika 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.”
Without trying to spoil the movie for those of you who may have not seen it yet (seriously, get on that already), the film is told in reverse order as you follow a man (Guy Pearce) as he works to learn the identity of his wife’s killer while dealing with debilitating amnesia. The film originally pulled in $25M at the box office while only costing the studio $9M to make.
So far there’s been a fairly staunch backlash from fans in regard to the remake announcement with people tearing the idea apart on Twitter. A quick search of ‘#memento‘ immediately displays a laundry list of angry 140 character rants which frankly should’ve been expected on the part of the studio given the inherent uniqueness of the film which leaves us wondering why they chose it as their first project.
Can the studio possibly improve on Nolan’s film or is this a feeble attempt at trying to turn an indie hit into some kind of mainstream blockbuster? Have they figured out a way to re-approach the idea in way that feels fresh and can present a new mystery to viewers or is this idea dead on arrival?
In our opinion, you could potentially give Memento a sequel while furthering the mystery of the original movie or you could unravel new mysteries that presented themselves in the aftermath of the film, but to remake a movie that plays out in such a specific way with such a specific twist seems like it couldn’t bring anything to viewers who have already seen the original, but what do you think? Does this Momento remake stand a chance of being a good film or is it a terrible idea intended to be little more than a studio cash grab? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.