There’s hardly any film in any major director’s filmography that hasn’t been plagued with, at the very least, rumors of a spinoff, prequel, or remake. And the latest victim on Hollywood’s remake frenzy is “Memento,” one of Christopher Nolan’s early films.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that a production company called AMBI Pictures will finance and produce the remake, though they did not have any additional details about when or how the new version of the barely-old film will happen.
So far, reactions have not been positive, at least from the rush of angry articles and Tweets following the announcement. So here are the top reasons why film fans in general — and “Memento” fans in particular — are particularly riled up about this film being pegged for a remake.
It Was Basically A Technical Exercise
So much of “Memento” hinges on the structure. While watching the film for the first time, it’s a complete mystery, and one that unfolds in a totally unique way. The backwards structure was novel … in 2000. Now, it’s been done.
No One Was Hoping For It
After a prequel to “Die Hard” was announced, most fans were upset, but at the very least one person was excited enough at the prospect that he took out a full page ad to make his pitch for how the series could work. So far, not so for revisiting “Memento,” which isn’t even 20 years old.
Technology Has Changed Significantly
Now that cellphones have basically become tiny computers, it would make a lot of the story of “Memento” fall apart. So much of the story hangs on technology that straddles the gap between totally analog and completely digital.
With a smartphone and Google, it would have been a lot easier for Lenny (Guy Pearce in the original) to keep track of his memories. Full body tats probably not necessary.
It’s Not Even The Chris Nolan Film With The Most Potential
Christopher Nolan’s canon is relatively small for a director considered one of the best in Hollywood, and “Memento” is one of his first standouts. One of his smaller films, like “Following” or “Insomnia” would have been a less iconic choice for a re-do.
Everyone Knows The Big Twist
Everything in “Memento” hinges on that big ending — and now that everyone who’s interested can find out what that reveal is, and exactly how it plays out, the idea of the remake seems pointless.