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Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca To Be Remade By DreamWorks

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most memorable auteur directors of all-time, but surprisingly, he only received one Academy Award, and that was a Best Picture award for Rebecca, released in 1940.

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most memorable auteur directors of all-time, but surprisingly he only received one Academy Award. Hitchcock won an Oscar for Best Picture on his first American project, Rebecca, released in 1940.

Rebecca starred Laurence Olivier who remarries after losing his first wife. His new wife is then haunted by the spirit of his lost love, the title character Rebecca. The eerie tale was based on a 1938 book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.

DreamWorks and Working Title are revisiting the original material by du Maurier and have brought Steven Knight on board to write the revised screenplay. Knight is the hand behind Eastern Promises directed by David Cronenberg. He was also most recently responsible for adapting Dan Brown‘s The Lost Symbol.

Over the years, Hitchcock films have been skirted around when it comes to remakes despite their epic place in film history. The majority of his greatest hits have been left untouched with their originals gathering dust waiting to be updated. Rebecca, even though it won an Academy Award, has been wildly underrated and should have been on the top of the list for studio executives considering films to remake for years. Finally, fans of Hitchcock will have their chance to admire his work in a different light.

Are you a Hitchcock fan? What do you think of the choice to remake Rebecca?!

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Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie (yes, she did make a donation to see it happen..and also possibly for the t-shirt), hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.