Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

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Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#1 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:29 pm

Ben Wheatley to direct a new adaptation of Rebecca starring Lily James and Armie Hammer

Not that he's exactly a forum fave, but I'm guessing this will generate some... discussion, to put it politely.

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#2 Post by Omensetter » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:15 pm

Whenever I see announcements like this, I'm always reminded of Soderbergh on remakes: "Why are you always remaking the famous movies? Why aren’t you looking back into your catalog and finding some sort of programmer that was made fifty years ago that has a really good idea in it, that if you put some fresh talent on it, it could be really great."

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#3 Post by sabbath » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:35 pm

Omensetter wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Whenever I see announcements like this, I'm always reminded of Soderbergh on remakes: "Why are you always remaking the famous movies? Why aren’t you looking back into your catalog and finding some sort of programmer that was made fifty years ago that has a really good idea in it, that if you put some fresh talent on it, it could be really great."

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Totally agree with his argument itself, but that's from the man who remade Solaris...

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#4 Post by Mr Sausage » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:55 pm

Well, to be fair, Soderbergh was adapting a book, not remaking a movie. So is Wheatley, for that matter.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#5 Post by domino harvey » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:10 pm

Anyone who ever watched Rebecca and thought it could be bettered is too stupid for me to waste any more energy on than this sentence

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#6 Post by knives » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:20 pm

Does it need to be bettered in this retelling though? Couldn't it merely be different?

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#7 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:21 pm

Agreed, knives - I'm not sure if the aim of many remakes is to improve upon the original product - it's just to take your own stab at it, modernize and reinterpret it. I have absolutely zero doubt this will be much worse than Hitch's, but there's no way Wheatley doesn't agree with that too

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#8 Post by domino harvey » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:22 pm

Why is that a defense of this movie's existence?

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#9 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:27 pm

It seems like people only ever get up in arms about remakes if they fly a flag for the original film. I've been guilty of it too, but this is far from the first repeat adaptation of a beloved work that's been made, why not do this one in particular?

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#10 Post by domino harvey » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:31 pm

Sorry, I was unclear: I was addressing why would a director not thinking the film he makes would be the best thing he could do be a defense for that film or filmmaker? I would respect this film more if he was a cretin who thought Hitchcock sucked, because the end result might actually be interesting to see how that plays out (in theory). But if as you say he would agree his film would be worse than Hitchcock's, how can that possibly inspire any confidence or optimism?

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#11 Post by Mr Sausage » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:35 pm

Because being worse than Hitchcock is like being worse than Shakespeare: expected and still providing enough leeway to make a great film, let alone a good one.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#12 Post by Big Ben » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:46 pm

Remakes also, for better or for worse expose a new generation to stories previously told. Independent of how I feel about Wheatley each and every one of us knows that this film will likely be the first exposure to this story for some of it's viewers.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#13 Post by knives » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:53 pm

Presumably this will be Wheatley doing the best he can do. It will just also likely not measure up to Hitchcock because of the obvious and because Wheatley has a completely different sensibility. It likely won't try to be like Hitchcock. Also sometimes it is just a pleasant expression of authorship to see multiple versions of the same story.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#14 Post by KJones77 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:20 pm

I don't really love Wheatley, but he is different enough to make his take on Rebecca worthwhile imo. Plus, from what I understand, there's enough in De Maurier's novel that Hitchcock couldn't film due to censorship that this could be interesting to see.

I'm probably alone in this, but I like the James/Hammer casting as well. Neither are Joan Fontaine or Laurence Olivier to be sure, but no one could even try to be as good as either.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#15 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:39 am

My gut reaction to this had me lining up with the harbingers of doom initially but then that gave way to remembering my disbelief at hearing that Andrea Arnold was doing Wuthering Heights. I had imagined a mangled chav version to complete a trilogy of Red Road and Fish Tank, which I have absolutely no time for. However to say I was surprised and even delighted with the result is an understatement. I doubt whether she will ever reach such heights again (pun intended) but I have more faith in Wheatley in pulling something interesting out the bag.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#16 Post by Roscoe » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:52 am

At least it won't be bound by the strictures of the Breen Office/Production Code, forcing a change in the plot, which change has always felt just plain fake and forced to me. I'm fine with revisiting great works and bringing them to life again. Without remakes, we'd lose Huston's MALTESE FALCON. Will anything good come of it? Well, we'll see won't we. Mr. Wheatley's participation doesn't make me optimistic. And the pretty but rather dull Mr. Hammer, too. A lot will depend on whoever is cast as Mrs. Danvers. Here's hoping it's not one of the Three Inevitables -- Streep, Smith or Dench.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#17 Post by Finch » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:23 pm

Tilda Swinton for Mrs Danvers!

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#18 Post by domino harvey » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:24 pm

Now, Tilda Swinton in the Olivier role, that might have been something

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#19 Post by Mr Sheldrake » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:31 pm

I thought Swinton was playing late career Olivier in Suspiria.

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Re: Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2019)

#20 Post by Persona » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:44 pm

This and Gerwig's Little Women will make a great double feature of "just... why, guys? Why?"

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