Rebecca is my favorite Hitchcock film. And the novel upon which it is based, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (she also wrote the short story that would become The Birds) is one of the best gothic romance thrillers ever written. Right up there with Jane Eyre. I'm serious!
The 1940 Best Picture Oscar-winning film is absolutely beautiful in ever way (sure, the first 30 minutes are a bit slow, but once Laurence Olivier starts talking about how hot his ex-wife Rebecca was and the evil maid Mrs. Danvers starts lamenting her untimely death, it gets good).
Steven Knight (he wrote Eastern Promises, which is a good sign) is currently writing the script for DreamWorks. That's as far as it's gotten, but I'm a little put out.
I guess part of me is desperately afraid they're going to cast, oh, I don't know, AnnaLynne McCord or someone equally vapid to play the role of "unnamed young woman" which Joan Fontaine played so complexly.
Du Maurier is one of my favorite writers. She can create atmosphere like no one else. Rather than a McCord, maybe they'll show some class and go with a Carey Mulligan or an Abbie Cornish or even a Keira Knightley.
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it's not open.
Hmmmm, a dicey prospect indeed. Cast Alison Brie and I might be interested. IMO she has the talent, charm and classic beauty to play an ol' timey role like this. But then, I think every movie should have her in it.
And who should play Olivier? Michael Fassbender, of course.