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Even Christopher Nolan's Memento can be remade apparently

11.16.2015

Even Christopher Nolan's movies aren't safe from the remake bug that continues to infect Hollywood.

MEMENTO is up on the block, with AMBI Pictures announcing that it will finance and produce a "new" version of the forward-and-backwards told story of Leonard, a man unable to store recent memories trying to overcome his condition to solve the mystery of his wife's killer. Having acquired the library of Exclusive Media Group, that includes the remake rights to the film that put Christopher Nolan on the map, and AMBI certainly didn't fork over their money to let these intellectual properties sit on the shelf and collect dust. (CRUEL INTENTIONS and DONNIE DARKO, among others, are in the company of the rights they locked up as well, so don't be surprised if they move on any of them in the future.)

Strangely enough, Monika Bacardi, who runs AMBI, had nothing but outstanding things to say about MEMENTO, leading to a bit of head scratching as to why they'd even try to touch this film in any way.

MEMENTO is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We intend to stay true to Christopher Nolan’s vision and deliver a memorable movie that is every bit as edgy, iconic and award-worthy as the original. It’s a big responsibility to deliver something that lives up to the mastery of the original, but we are extremely excited and motivated to bring this puzzle back to life and back into the minds of moviegoers.

"A masterpiece"?

"Mastery of the original"?

Those typically aren't the types of movies you try to do-over, but someone's feeling froggy in making something that certainly has a high bar to meet in order to even come close to living up to Nolan's original.

Now look... Let me try to be a voice of reason here and help talk you down off the ledge. It's perfectly understandable to be frustrated with Hollywood's insistence on remaking more and more films. You see this news come across your face and the first thing you want to o is facepalm and sigh. But leave it there. Channel any sort of "anger" or "outrage" that stems from this into something far more productive. We spend far too much time and energy getting pissed-off about things like this.

All you really need to do is look at it, say to yourself "This sucks/This is stupid" and move on with your day and the rest of your life. Don't even think twice about it. You don't have to see it, and, if you're as bothered by it as I would guess a lot of you are, you shouldn't. But that's about as far as it needs to go. Ignore it. Pretend it doesn't even exist, and we'll all come out of it a little bit happier. Sometimes ignorance can be bliss. In the case of knowing a MEMENTO remake is happening, I can't think of a better time to call upon it.

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9:07AM on 11/18/2015

Can anyone here lend me some money?

I need to buy a new computer screen. I punched mine when I read this news.
I need to buy a new computer screen. I punched mine when I read this news.
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2:20PM on 11/17/2015
"Let me try to be a voice of reason here and help talk you down off the ledge."

Give me a freaking break. There have been far mor blasphemous remakes, so this isn't surprising. But we don't need some condescending writer pretending to be some kind of voice of reason basically telling us to shut up and take it.
"Let me try to be a voice of reason here and help talk you down off the ledge."

Give me a freaking break. There have been far mor blasphemous remakes, so this isn't surprising. But we don't need some condescending writer pretending to be some kind of voice of reason basically telling us to shut up and take it.
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11:11AM on 11/17/2015
I have a better idea. Instead of remaking memento, why not re-release it? Remaster it and clean up things, give it a little bit of modern tech to make it visually cleaner and put it back out there as a 15th anniversary of the classic film? You'll make more money on it, people will see it in theaters. Some directors have a "director's cut" with extra footage. Remaking it is just a bad bad idea. I can't honestly say that i would want to see anyone else do the story. Guy Pierce as Leonard
I have a better idea. Instead of remaking memento, why not re-release it? Remaster it and clean up things, give it a little bit of modern tech to make it visually cleaner and put it back out there as a 15th anniversary of the classic film? You'll make more money on it, people will see it in theaters. Some directors have a "director's cut" with extra footage. Remaking it is just a bad bad idea. I can't honestly say that i would want to see anyone else do the story. Guy Pierce as Leonard was perfect. The story was perfect. The performances were perfect. Memento is a masterpiece. Some films could have remakes, sure. With better technology and filming techniques, yeah you can make better films. But not with this one. It is as pointless as Gus van Zant remaking Psycho.
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10:00AM on 11/17/2015

Ugh

love how he goes on about what an original masterpiece it is and then wants to piss all over its legacy. Its headache inducing.
love how he goes on about what an original masterpiece it is and then wants to piss all over its legacy. Its headache inducing.
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11:56PM on 11/16/2015

Update It

Instead of Polaroids, he'll have an iPhone. And text messages instead of tattoos. The twist...his screen cracks.
Instead of Polaroids, he'll have an iPhone. And text messages instead of tattoos. The twist...his screen cracks.
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12:14AM on 11/17/2015
If he just videos every important encounter, that rather changes the story.

"Don't have wifi access Leonard? Can't access Google Photos?"
If he just videos every important encounter, that rather changes the story.

"Don't have wifi access Leonard? Can't access Google Photos?"
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11:18PM on 11/16/2015

This time..

Make the movie run in proper chronological order. It's so confusing backwards.
Make the movie run in proper chronological order. It's so confusing backwards.
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10:51PM on 11/16/2015
Gawd dammit. Smh. Fml. Remember American Zoetrope? When George, Francis, Steve, and Robert decided to make their own films and incite a revolution? They faced similar problems. We need to be that next generation that sparks a new renaissance.
Gawd dammit. Smh. Fml. Remember American Zoetrope? When George, Francis, Steve, and Robert decided to make their own films and incite a revolution? They faced similar problems. We need to be that next generation that sparks a new renaissance.
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10:04PM on 11/16/2015
Just kill me now.
Just kill me now.
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8:54PM on 11/16/2015
Hasn't Adam Sandler already remade this with Drew Barrymore?
Hasn't Adam Sandler already remade this with Drew Barrymore?
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8:00PM on 11/16/2015

Choice

JoBlo had a choice. Run with news of this stupid Memento reboot. Or ignore it and write something about Ip Man 3 instead. They made the wrong choice.
JoBlo had a choice. Run with news of this stupid Memento reboot. Or ignore it and write something about Ip Man 3 instead. They made the wrong choice.
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7:49PM on 11/16/2015
anyone who sees this is an enemy of art...
anyone who sees this is an enemy of art...
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7:35PM on 11/16/2015
WHAT THE F****CK
WHAT THE F****CK
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7:29PM on 11/16/2015
Re-making this film is one of the dumbest ideas I've heard in a while. Proof that Hollywood as a whole is running out of original ideas.
Re-making this film is one of the dumbest ideas I've heard in a while. Proof that Hollywood as a whole is running out of original ideas.
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6:40PM on 11/16/2015
Remaking this film is such a stupid idea, I canít even begin to list the many reasons why. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.
Remaking this film is such a stupid idea, I canít even begin to list the many reasons why. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.
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6:32PM on 11/16/2015

Gross

They can do what they will, but I will not be watching this.
They can do what they will, but I will not be watching this.
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6:27PM on 11/16/2015
The saddest thing about this, is if the remake is given a bigger budget and better marketing, there will be many of the young people that don't know it is a remake. That is crime against originality!
The saddest thing about this, is if the remake is given a bigger budget and better marketing, there will be many of the young people that don't know it is a remake. That is crime against originality!
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5:52PM on 11/16/2015
I completely disagree with the article that you should just let things go and ignore it. Our voice as a moviegoing audience does hold weight. The more we speak out about trash like this, or say the FF4 remake, the more bad word of mouth it gets. Thereby trashing the movies box office before it even comes out. So I encourage people to speak out heavily, so as to hopefully destroy this company's bottom line and make them regret ever trying this.
I completely disagree with the article that you should just let things go and ignore it. Our voice as a moviegoing audience does hold weight. The more we speak out about trash like this, or say the FF4 remake, the more bad word of mouth it gets. Thereby trashing the movies box office before it even comes out. So I encourage people to speak out heavily, so as to hopefully destroy this company's bottom line and make them regret ever trying this.
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4:38PM on 11/16/2015
This sucks/This is stupid
This sucks/This is stupid
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4:01PM on 11/16/2015
Why? What the fuck are they hoping to achieve (beyond a payday) and what the fuck are they possibly thinking they can add to a pretty fucking great film? I morn the loss of originality in Hollywood.
Why? What the fuck are they hoping to achieve (beyond a payday) and what the fuck are they possibly thinking they can add to a pretty fucking great film? I morn the loss of originality in Hollywood.
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3:53PM on 11/16/2015
There would be a million ways for them repackage that as something other than Memento. Take the premise and call it literally anything else and it would have a chance.
There would be a million ways for them repackage that as something other than Memento. Take the premise and call it literally anything else and it would have a chance.
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3:49PM on 11/16/2015
Really? Memento was a great film. It really can't be re-made, because everyone will already know the twist. So they write a new twist. I'm not feeling it man.
I just find it difficult to think you could improve on Memento, it was so damn good.
For some ODD reason news that people want to remake this makes me unreasonably angry.
Really? Memento was a great film. It really can't be re-made, because everyone will already know the twist. So they write a new twist. I'm not feeling it man.
I just find it difficult to think you could improve on Memento, it was so damn good.
For some ODD reason news that people want to remake this makes me unreasonably angry.
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3:43PM on 11/16/2015

Quite Simply

FFS!
FFS!
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3:06PM on 11/16/2015

Ignore

Ignoring news like this is a good idea. But even better would be not write the article at all. Set the example JoBlo.
Ignoring news like this is a good idea. But even better would be not write the article at all. Set the example JoBlo.
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3:08PM on 11/16/2015
It still has news-worthiness to it, whether we like it or not. What you do with the information on a commercial level is a different story though.
It still has news-worthiness to it, whether we like it or not. What you do with the information on a commercial level is a different story though.
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