According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMBI Pictures has plans to remake Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film “Memento.” AMBI got the remake right to the movie with their acquisition of the library of Exclusive Media Group back in September. In a statement, AMBI’s Monika Bacardi stated, “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.”
So, with that statement we come to the big question, why do a remake of Nolan’s film? Well, one reason is apparent. The remake exists so that AMBI to attach itself to the Christopher Nolan ” is the greatest director around” bandwagon that appeared following “The Dark Knight.” That is not enough of a reason to remake a movie. Approaching a remake of a film should be a lot like a revival of a theatrical production. With a revival of a theatrical production, the director and producers bring something new to it. Whether it is production elements or how they approach the telling of the story.
When doing a remake of a movie, the remake should be approached the same way. Based on Bacardi’s statement AMBI is bringing nothing new to “Memento,” and it appears to be a remake for the purpose of doing a remake. This remake of “Memento” looks like the first revival of “Les Miserables” in 2006, where they mostly took the original production that had just closed and changed very little to get another year and a half out of the show. As opposed to the 1996 revival of “Chicago,” which was bare bones, stripped down to the essentials version of “Chicago.”
Unless you intend to add something to the film, do not do a remake, it is a pointless endeavor. Based on the statement I doubt they intend to add anything new to the movie.