A remake of Christopher Nolan’s neo-noir psychological thriller Memento is coming, thanks to AMBI Pictures. After announcing a new $200 million film fund last week, the group has decided to greenlight the project, reports Variety.
The original film, which was released in 2000, stars Guy Pearce as a man suffering from a form of amnesia that prevents him from creating new memories. In spite of his limitations, he attempts to hunt down the man he believes attacked his late wife by using Polaroid photos and tattoos on his body. The script was adapted by Nolan from a short story written by his brother Jonathan.
With its nonlinear chronology, Memento captivated both viewers and critics; the film was nominated for multiple awards, including Oscars for best original screenplay and best film editing. It also performed well at the box office, garnering around $40 million.
“Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade,” said Andrea Iervolino, an investor in AMBI’s new fund, explaining why a remake is warranted. “People who’ve seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time.”
AMBI acquired remake rights to Memento back in September when it bought Exclusive Media Group’s film library. Few details have been announced about the project itself yet, but it will be interesting to see if and how the storyline and chronology are altered in the upcoming version of the film.
In addition to Momento, AMBI has several other high-profile films on the way. Among them are In Dubious Battle, which stars Nat Wolff, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, Ed Harris, and more; Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, with the voices of James Franco, Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, Angelica Huston, and Heidi Klum; and Septembers of Shiraz, starring Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody.