Another day, another remake: DreamWorks is developing a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca, Variety reports. Steven Knight, who wrote Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, among other films, will write the adaptation, which will be based on the original book by Daphne DuMaurier. Rebecca is about a widower (Laurence Olivier), his new bride (Joan Fontaine), the shadow cast by his dead first wife, and all the suspense you can cram into an English manor. It’s Hitchcock’s only film to win an Oscar for Best Picture, which might make revisiting it seem even less necessary.
English director Alfred Hitchcock arrives by bicycle on the Croisette, May 15, 1972, at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Photo: AFP/ImageForum