Talk about doing a double take. Memento, one of the best films of this century, has been optioned for a remake. Chances are you now already have an opinion about this and if you don’t… well, you’ve obviously never seen Memento.
The clever crime thriller established Christopher Nolan as a directing talent of note, using the story of a man with permanent amnesia trying to track down his wife’s killer. It created one of the most memorable twists in movie history, aided in no small part by the fact that it played backwards. No wait, that’s not quite how it worked. Let me try again: see, the film plays forwards and backwards at the same time and uh… no that doesn’t make sense either.
Wait, why am I even trying? You’re on a movie site! How can’t you have seen Memento yet? I even wrote about it once.
Anyway, some company acquired the rights, blah, blah. It’s all in this Variety article. Here’s the prerequisite swooning quote of reassurance:
“‘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,” Iervolino said. “This is a quality that we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks to the brilliance of Christopher Nolan, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.”
So, how do we feel about this? I’m not sure. I’m not principally against remakes, as there have been a few decent ones. But they generally followed up on a flimsy earlier attempt. Memento was not flimsy. Also, its twist is about as staggering as The Usual Suspects, another film that does not need a remake.
Memento is only 15 years old. It is still as watchable today as it was back in 2000. In fact, it only got better with age and to date no other film has been able to match its accomplishment. Even Nolan had to dig into his Memento chest when crafting Inception and the ending of Interstellar.
Yeah, this is a stupid idea. But what the hell. A remake can’t ruin the original and if anything get even more people to watch the classic. So I say: go ahead. It’s not my money.
Last Updated: November 17, 2015