The Original Memento Trailer
A Luxembourg-based company called AMBI Pictures has acquired the remake rights scores of fairly recent movies, including Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, The Singing Detective, and The Passion of the Christ. They’ve announced that they plan to remake what’s probably the greatest film in the package: Christopher Nolan’s Memento.
Memento, high on my list of favourite films, is as close to perfect as a movie can get. In each of the 20+ times I’ve watched this dazzling masterpiece, I’ve found something new.
In the last few years, a couple of my other favourites have been remade. In 2004, Jonathan Demme re-imagined The Manchurian Candidate. I wish he’d given it another title—It was a good suspense movie, but it wasn’t The Manchurian Candidate. Then in 2010, Matt Reeves remade the devastating Let the Right One In as Let Me In, another fine film that suffers in comparison to its inspiration.
Maybe AMBI Pictures can do something new and different with Memento, but the odds are against it. Usually—but not always—the remake, no matter how good, is overshadowed by the original.
The one great exception I can think of was another movie from the top of my list: The Maltese Falcon that we know and love was the third filmed version of Dashiell Hammett’s novel.
Oh, wait. The AMBI Group has another project in the works. They’re going to tackle Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita . They’re calling it an “homage”.
This won’t end well.