Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’ Getting Remake

Memento Remake
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AMBI Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan’s offbeat thriller “Memento.”

Christopher Nolan directed “Memento” from his own script, adapted from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled  “Memento Mori.” The film, starring Guy Pearce as an amnesiac, was presented in a series of black-and-white scenes shown chronologically, and color sequences shown in reverse order.

“Memento” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was a solid box office performer with nearly $40 million. It also received Oscar nominations for best original screenplay and best film editing.

AMBI took ownership of “Memento” remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library in September.

AMBI announced a new $200 million film fund last week. Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are anchor investors in the fund along with New York-based private equity firm Raven Capital Management, leading to greenlighting “Memento” as its newest feature production.

“‘Memento’ has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen ‘Memento’ 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time,” Iervolino said. “This is a quality that we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks to the brilliance or Christopher Nolan, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

AMBI’s film slate includes James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” starring Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and Bryan Cranston; the CGI family animated film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad,” featuring the voices of Franco, John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, Angelica Huston and Heidi Klum; “Septembers of Shiraz,” with Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody; and the contemporary fairy tale “This Beautiful Fantastic,” toplined by Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson.

It recently completed sales at the American Film Market on Sarah Jessica Parker’s romantic comedy “All Roads Lead to Rome.”

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  1. Remakes are always going to be made. That isn’t something that is going to change. However I thought there was some unwritten rule not to remake a film until 20 years had passed. Most of the time hearing great movies are being remade makes me sad. Hearing Memento is getting a remake actually infuriates me. To the extent that if I had the means I would try to find a way to reach as many people as possible not to see it. I don’t mean friends and family I mean millions of people. i don’t have those means though I am still planning some kind of grassroots thing to at least help it fail at the box office. That may be a mean thing to say but I really don’t care. There are lines the invincible Hollywood shouldn’t cross. Remaking a classic film from a director they still have a great working relationship with a film that is so recent it entirely defeats the purpose of a remake to begin with is one of them. “Reimagining a hit classic for a new generation of fans.” (it has BARELY been one generation you idiots)

    • I WOULD RATHER SEE A SEQUEL WITH GUY PIERCE THEN A REMAKE. IF YOU DO MAKE A REMAKE DONT USE THE ROCK.DID YOU SEE THE THE JAMANJI TRAILER I THREW UP IN MY MOUTH.INSTANT FLOP RIGHT OUT THE GATES.

  2. Jim Gibson says:

    Great idea! Are they going to remake Citizen Kane and Casablanca, too? All the money in the world to pay the best writers in the world and this is the best you can come up with.

    What I don’t understand is: how did Nolan allow this to happen? If he signed over the rights for some cash, I’ve lost all respect for him.

  3. Richard Kellie says:

    Everyone already knows the ending. It’s like remaking Total Recall. Boring. Too bad AMBI has no imagination of its own. And absolutely no taste. Just because you have enough money to do something doesn’t mean you should. Invest in new art. Or better yet, go play on Wall Street where you belong!

  4. EG says:

    This will be a great piece about how Hollywood mistakes its five-second attention span for proof that its viewership has a five-second memory. It can even be called “Memento: The Remembering.” Instant classic.

  5. Aurelien Garcon says:

    It would be a good thing if the remake was made with the sequences in the proper chronological order. Much easier to understand. it was an obvious mistake by Nolan. I’m surprised no one ever noticed that. This would give this early remake its true usefulness.

  6. asfh fua dgfy aeyfdfhfdh says:

    Wait, wait, wait – So because a movie draws people in because of its astounding perfection … you want to remake it??

  7. Wait, wait, wait – So because a movie draws people in because of its astounding perfection … you want to remake it??

  8. Alex says:

    My God Holywood in its current form is pathetic.

  9. Pete says:

    Has hollywood not told you of its condition? It can recall old films but can’t make new ones.

    This will end up in development purgatory next to the American Psycho remake and Sony’s Uncharted film.

  10. Scott Graham says:

    What’s the thinking here..”they did such a good job that we ought to remake it?” Anyone remember the remake of “psycho”? Same reasoning, remake a classic 5 star into a 2 1/2 star for no purpose whatsoever.

  11. Sharon says:

    Remaking this film is such a stupid idea, I can’t even begin to list the many reasons why. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

  12. TERRY says:

    This is ridiculous!! Leave it alone you idiots. *SMDH why do they think everything has to be remade – especially if it’s already brilliant.

  13. Joe Roth says:

    WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  14. JORDANHUNTER says:

    What awful news. I sincerely hope that this disappears.

  15. John says:

    Remarkably stupid idea. AMBI sounds like it’s full of stupid, un-creative people who have been given a chunk of money to make stupid, derivative movies. The stupid financing the stupid. And “Memento” is already being remade. It’s called “Blindspot” and it’s on TV.

  16. MKC says:

    – “People who’ve seen ‘Memento’ 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time.”

    I saw it once and wish I could see it one less time.

  17. Carlton Kent says:

    This was easily Nolan’s best film! Please. Make it. Stop!

  18. Donna says:

    Stupid thing to do…your studio will lose millions.

  19. StoryMapsDan says:

    No. Just…no.

    Okay, I’m REALLY hoping this is just a phony press release to draw attention.

    You don’t remake a classic film that still holds up as one of the most unique films of our time (of any genre, but especially noir crime).

    Nolan’s “horseshoe structure” is genius, and truly demands multiple viewings, which makes the film so much fun and such an interactive experience. You can’t just watch it, you have to actively engage in it.

    As someone who spent months analyzing the film, I can tell you that the craftsmanship on display here is unparalleled in many ways, and it should not be cheapened by a remake.

  20. Preposterous! says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!

    You do NOT remake a truly unique classic that is only 15 years old.

    The original has not aged a day, nor will it.

    You wouldn’t remake a Spielberg film, would you? Well Nolan is this generation’s Spielberg, so why would you even touch his filmography?

    • ericcartman23 says:

      LOL. This generation’s Spielberg….yeah…right. The difference is that Spielberg brought Hollywood back to life and contributed immensely to american cinema in the 70s and 80s. Nolan had never done anything like that.

      • Derek fleming says:

        Actually, he’s the only filmmaker I’d the last 15 years who has consistently delivered original films that have massive budgets and make big box office. Whether you like him or not, if anyone can be called the Spielberg of the 21st century it’s Nolan by a landslide.

      • Preposterous! says:

        Let’s see…

        1) Redefined the comic-book film and made the greatest superhero movie ever.
        2) Pioneered the use of Imax cameras in narrative feature films.
        3) Pioneered the use of Imax projection in cinemas in narrative feature films.
        4) Continues to push the envelope with technology.
        5) Directed the most complex structured studio film of all time: “The Prestige.”

        And he’s not even 50.

  21. Michaelmas says:

    This makes no sense to remake. Nolan’s film was perfect the way it was. Besides, it already has been remade as a TV series that doesn’t even credit the original.

  22. I hope the producers of this remake get amnesia and forget about this

  23. M. says:

    No. No. No. No. No.

  24. Joyce Tyler says:

    Who’s doing the remake?

  25. Lisa says:

    “People who’ve seen ‘Memento’ 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality that we feel really supports and justifies a remake.”

    Isn’t this a better argument for why not to remake good movies that aren’t even 20 years old?

    • Mjkbk says:

      Exactly. People have re-watched a quality film over and over–and this screams “NEEDS A REMAKE”?

      This guy and his associates have been smoking something, that’s for sure. Why else would they get today confused with April 1st?

    • GC says:

      Bang on LISA!! Exactly what I was thinking. When will they get it thru their heads that some projects are timeless and just better left as is. That’s why we keep watching them over and over. I get that ‘hacks’ are always going to try. They have no creative skill only blind corporate drive. I hope NOLAN has nothing to do with this.

    • Craig White says:

      Exactly. That’s clearly not an argument that supports a remake, but one that asks “Why the hell would remake Memento?”

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