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Crazy Brilliant? DreamWorks and Working Title To Remake Hitchcock Classic 'Rebecca'

Thompson on Hollywood By Justin Lowe | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2012 at 12:50AM

Is it total hubris or a stroke of genius to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterfully intense psychological thriller "Rebecca"? Either way, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to pull it off, setting Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") to write the screenplay.
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Is it total hubris or a stroke of genius to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterfully intense psychological thriller "Rebecca"? Either way, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to pull it off, setting Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") to write the screenplay.

The 1940 Oscar-winning film, starring Laurence Olivier as a mysterious, troubled widower and Joan Fontaine as his naive new bride, was apparently based on an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel – Knight will reportedly return to the original for source material.

Given the current cultural predilection for contemporized Gothic material, this could be an intriguing gambit, although it’s clearly going to be acutely cast-dependent -- no word on the anticipated lineup yet. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing for Working Title.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.