It’s not an easy thing to remake a Hitchcock film. While the source material is top notch, the standard to which your work will be held is a little daunting.
Nevertheless, studios keep doing these remake things, the latest being Hitchcock’s first American production, the Oscar-winning Rebecca. Nikolaj Arcel who co-scripted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is attached to direct. Arcel is the man behind the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair. Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight is working on the script.
In case you aren’t familiar with Hitchcock’s Rebecca, it boasts a stellar cast including Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Joan Fontaine plays the second wife of Olivier’s Maxim de Winter, haunted by the ghost of his beloved first wife. It’s a haunting, gothic, psychological story. Judith Anderson plays the gloriously evil housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.