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Guy Pearce Memento
Guy Pearce in the original Memento (2000)

Christopher Nolan’s Memento is getting a remake

Apparently Hollywood’s got a serious short-term memory problem

Memento, the murky and perplexing psychological thriller that made Christopher Nolan’s name, has already cemented its status as a cult classic. Following an amnesiac played by Guy Pearce as he struggles to track down his wife’s killer, the 15-year-old film probably isn't your first choice for a multi-million-dollar makeover. Unfortunately, Hollywood thinks otherwise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has been picked up by the newly formed AMBI Pictures – who have secured the rights to remake or reboot any movie within the Exclusive Media Group library. This includes Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, Rush and many others. And, despite declaring back in September that they would carefully “vet out” the best opportunities, they've decided to go for Memento as their starting point. 

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,” explains AMBI’s Monica Bacardi. “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.”

As for what the remake will actually be like, it’s hard to tell. Obviously it’ll be scrapping all those LAME Polaroids and pens (like, HELLOOOO, who uses pens?), swapping them instead for selfies, edited videos and iPhone notes. After all, nowadays it’s actually much easier for a man with short-term memory loss to plot murders – so I guess they’ll be keeping that in mind. 

The news follows other equally weird remake decisions – including the spruce-up of 90s teen-witch classic The Craftand the TV adaptation of Cruel Intentions. Anyone else worried for Hollywood’s dire lack of imagination right now?