What a difference 15 years can make. At the turn of the millennium, Christopher Nolan had just shot his second feature, Memento, and was struggling to find a studio willing to distribute it in America. It was too confusing, they said. I mean, really: who wants to watch a movie told backwards?
Lots of people as it turned out. Once it finally found a distributor, Memento not only far exceeded its tiny $5m investment in its small-scale theatrical run, but also proved to be the making of Nolan's career. It marked him out as an individual filmmaker in full control of his craft, and over the next decade, he proceeded to make a string of hits: Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception. »
Walter Murch is extraordinary even within his own field, four times Oscar-nominated for film editing, three times nominated for sound mixing, achieving a landmark double when he won both for his work on 1997 movie “The English Patient.” This week, he attends the Camerimage film festival, which is devoted to the art of cinematography, to receive the Special Award to an Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity.
In a career that spans over 40 years, Murch is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola, beginning in 1969 with “The Rain People.” After working with George Lucas on “Thx 1138” (1971), which he co-wrote, and “American Graffiti” (1973), Murch returned to Coppola for 1974’s “The Conversation,” receiving his first Academy Award nomination as a result. Murch’s pioneering achievements were acknowledged by Coppola on his follow-up, the 1979 Palme d’Or winner “Apocalypse Now,” for which he was granted, in what is seen as a film-history first, »
- Damon Wise
Christopher Nolan’s 2000 non-linear thriller is getting the remake treatment only 15 years since the original was released, but should it be revisited at all? Two Guardian Us critics make the case for and against
Is it really too soon to remake Chris Nolan’s beloved 2000 neo-noir reverse-thriller Memento? Is it really too indecently brief an interval to have elapsed since the arrival of an eye-catching talent with a nifty, cleverly written and tightly budgeted calling card movie explicitly designed to snag him some next-level, big-budget studio projects? Are we mourners here, or moviegoers? Why all the outrage? Why so precious? Why is a remake so outlandish?
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- Jordan Hoffman and John Patterson
It probably shouldn't be surprising that Christopher Nolan's Memento is going to be remade. But it might still be a shocker that it's happening so quickly. The original thriller was released only 15 years ago, breaking Nolan out as a notable filmmaker while becoming a singular sensation for its clever backwards plot -- putting us inside the mind of a man with short-term memory loss in search of his wife's killer -- and twist ending. Still, if we can get Spider-Man...
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There are a whole bunch of movies that are featured on a list which is clearly labelled ‘Never To Be Remade.’ One of those movies is Christopher Nolan‘s brilliant 2000 drama Memento, but news reaches us this morning that a remake is in active development over at Ambi Pictures, a company that recently acquired the 400-title Exclusive Media Group library, which Nolan’s break-out movie was included within.
Memento revolved around a man (Guy Pearce in a career-breaking role) that creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.
“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, »
- Paul Heath
Let's all agree not to shoot the messenger here. We good with that?
The original starred Guy Pearce as a man trying to solve his wife's murder, whilst battling severe memory problems. Co-starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, the film earned a pair of Oscar nominations, and continues to enjoy high acclaim.
However, the rights to Memento have been acquired by Ambi Pictures, and the firm's Andrea Iervolino said that "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. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is »
It probably shouldn't be surprising that Christopher Nolan's Memento is going to be remade. But it might still be a shocker that it's happening so quickly. The original thriller was released only 15 years ago, breaking Nolan out as a notable filmmaker while becoming a singular sensation for its clever backwards plot -- putting us inside the mind of a man with short-term memory loss in search of his wife's killer -- and twist ending. Still, if we can get Spider-Man origin stories just a decade apart, maybe there's no minimum gap in Hollywood's mind. The people behind this remake might not be classified as Hollywood, however. The new Memento will be produced by Luxembourg's Ambi Pictures (which does have a distribution arm in Beverly Hills), which...
- Christopher Campbell
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — news of an impending film remake isn’t bad news. Not only are there dozens of fantastic remakes already in existence, but there’s also the surprising fact that a remake in no way negates the existence or quality of the original. Crazy, but true. That said, remakes are typically unnecessary and it can still be disappointing to learn that talented filmmakers and actors are spending time on what amounts to an unwanted film instead of focusing on something original. Today’s announcement that Ambi Pictures is planning to move forward on a remake of Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film, Memento, features no attached talent on either side of the camera, but the outrage was immediate and deafening all the same. Check out their full news release below, and then keep reading to see why I think fans’ anger is just as unnecessary as the remake itself »
- Rob Hunter
Less than 15 years after its U.S. theatrical release, Christopher Nolan's Memento is already being eyed for a remake. The film's remake rights were acquired when Exclusive Media Group's extensive film library was sold to Ambi Pictures in September, and among Ambi's first orders of business is to remake Nolan's Oscar-nominated, mind-bending thriller, Variety reports.
"Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade," Ambi chief investor Andrea Iervolino said in a statement. "People who've seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. »
Katniss Everdeen is certain to score a big sendoff when “The Hunger Games” franchise comes to a close this weekend. But just how massive a farewell is a matter of some debate.
Some tracking suggests that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” will launch to $120 million, which would be the weakest opening in franchise history. However, analysts expect that the film will hit $125 million or higher, putting it just above “Mockingjay – Part 1’s” $121.9 million bow, but below the first film’s $152.5 million opening and the second picture’s $158.1 million kick-off. If it falls anywhere inside the range of estimates, “Mockingjay – Part 2” will likely be the year’s fourth-biggest opening, behind “Jurassic World,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Furious 7” — a sign of the impressive array of global blockbusters that have hit theaters in recent months.
In the past, Lionsgate’s stock has been battered when the “Hunger Games” sequels failed to match the loftiest projections, »
- Brent Lang
Fans of the original “Memento” aren’t too happy that the film is being remade. It was announced Monday that Christopher Nolan‘s “Memento” is being remade by independent Ambi Pictures, which acquired the remake rights from Exclusive Media Group in September, and fans were quick to take to Twitter to announce their outrage about the remake. “They’re remaking ‘Memento?'” One user wrote. “Hollywood you stupid lizard f-cks.” Also Read: 'Memento' Remake Without Christopher Nolan in Works “Hollywood has decided to remake ‘Memento,'” said another user. “Hollywood is officially out of ideas.” Not only was “Memento” Nolan’s breakout film, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
In the mood for another "Memento"? If not, you're not alone. The Twittersphere was quick to react today to news that it's up for a remake. Let's pray it never happens. Christopher Nolan's noirish mystery, which follows amnesiac protagonist Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) as he investigates the rape and murder of his wife, received widespread acclaim upon its release in 2000. The positive response to its use of black-and-white photography and reverse chronology, from critics and audiences alike, launched Nolan's rise to prominence as a director with both blockbuster appeal and arthouse flair. Read More: "Gaspar Noé's List of 10 Favorite Films Makes Perfect, Terrifying Sense" Fifteen years later, widely imitated but rarely matched, "Memento" possesses a cult status similar to David Fincher's "Fight Club"; its influence can be felt in everything from Gaspar Noé's "Irreversible" (2002) and Nolan's own »
- Matt Brennan
Riding high on the likes of The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is one of the biggest filmmakers working today. That, of course, wasn.t always the case, and in 2000, the little known director burst onto the scene with Memento, a twisted indie mystery thriller with a clever hook. Despite only being 15-years-old, and a movie that still totally holds up, Memento is getting a remake, because why not. Ambi Pictures recently acquired the back catalog of Exclusive Media Group, a library that also includes Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, Cruel Intentions, and hundreds more titles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, following this windfall, they gave a green light to the Memento remake. In a statement, Ambi head Monika Bacardi said: 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 »
The movie that brought Christopher Nolan into the public eye, Memento, has been rightly hailed as a masterpiece. The superbly edited, non-linear tale of Guy Pearce’s amnesiac trying to solve his wife murder consistently finds itself on top of fans and critics favourite movies list fifteen years on, and is one movie that should never be remade. So, of course, its been targeted by the Hollywood Remake Machine, with Ambi pictures announcing that they have acquired the rights to the film, along with some other cult classics (which include Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, and Cruel Intentions), with producer Andrea Lervolino saying: 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. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks »
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Released in 2000, Memento put Nolan on the map as a filmmaking voice with its tight plotting and intricate structure.
It was nominated for two Academy Awards – Best Original Screenplay for Nolan and Best Editing for Dody Dorn.
Ambi Pictures are set to produce the remake via their new $200m film fund.
“It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and »
- Tom Beasley
The film that put the Dark Knight director on the map is to be recreated after Ambi Pictures acquired the remake rights
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- Nigel M Smith
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Another day, another remake. This time it's another movie that just doesn't need to be remade, and may be hitting too close to home for some. Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Pictures have officially announced a remake of Christopher Nolan's 2000 thriller Memento, starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss. It's one of many films ("400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites") that Ambi acquired in picking up the Exclusive Media Group film library. They claim in the press release that the remake will "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." Okay. But the question always is: do we really need this? This Memento remake is the first feature production as part of the launch of Ambi's new $200 million film fund. Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are anchor investors in the »
- Alex Billington
Guy Pearce starred in the original, a nonlinear narrative story about an amnesiac who uses clues he has tattooed onto his body in order to seek out the man who killed his wife. Due to his mental condition, he has to frequently put the pieces of his memory back together from these fragments.
Ambi Pictures recently acquired Exclusive Media Group's library of four-hundred titles which includes the likes of "Cruel Intentions," "Donnie Darko," "Rush" and "Sliding Doors". Making use of that library, they've set Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi to produce the new "Memento".
In a statement, Bacardi says they plan to approach the remake with the right amount of reverence:
"Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which »
- Garth Franklin
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan's iconic, twist-laden film Memento. Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled "Memento Mori", and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. Ambi took ownership of Memento remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which housed Memento, as well as 400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as Begin Again, Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, »
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