DreamWorks and Working Title Films have set Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight to scribe a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s only Best Picture winning movie, Rebecca. Or I guess more accurately Knight is writing a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s great novel, but most websites have gone with the remake story of the 1940 film as it makes for better reading, when in fact that isn’t really the case.
The book follows an American woman who marries into a rich Englishman, Maximilian de Winter. As she moves into his grand mansion she finds herself confronted by the echoes of her new husband’s wife Rebecca, unravelling a mystery that will live on even after her death. Variety says the new remake will closely follow the book.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title. Steve Knight is a great idea, so interesting to watch as this one develops and he will make this new adaptation have reason for existing I’m sure.
No word yet if this will be period or set in contemporary times, but I actually think it could be the latter on this one. Meanwhile make sure you pick up Hitchcock’s classic Rebecca on Blu-ray right now, you won’t regret it.