The Most Useless Remake of All: AMBI Plans to Butcher Christopher Nolan's Memento
Were I to list all of the useless remakes (and reboots) that are in the works at movie studios around the world, it would be a very long (and useless) list. The old adage, “if you don’t like something, don’t watch it!” certainly applies here. But occasionally there is something so risible I have to comment.
To wit: there is a Memento remake in the works at AMBI Pictures. Memento was the movie that launched the career of Christopher Nolan, it is still ranks among the top 2 films he has ever made (I’m dead serious), and is probably among personal my top 10 list of all time. It’s a brilliant script by the Nolan brothers, brilliantly directed by Chris Nolan and acted by Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing at the Academy Awards. The story is told in reverse as it follows the story of a man who has lost his short term memory and his wife.
AMBI’s Monika Bacardi laid out the company’s intentions in a statement:
“Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. 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. It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.”
But why? You can go watch it right now. The press release only highlights exactly why it should not be remade. Why re-do a movie that is already acknowledged as a “masterpiece?”
Bacardi says they intend “to deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original.”
Perhaps they ought to find something worthy of being made for the first time and make it.
- The movie is 15 years old.
- It was directed by Chris Nolan.
- This “remake” will not be directed by Nolan.
Therefore it is not the movie called “Memento.”
I understand that AMBI purchased the rights to the movie to do whatever they want with it, but this is nothing more than desperate profiteering off of Nolan’s name and body of work to release a less good movie for profit.