Back in February, I had reported at OmegaUnderground that Free Fire writer-director Ben Wheatley’s upcoming projects would be Rebecca based on the 1938 Gothic horror romance novel by Daphne du Maurier. As the British actor was in talks to direct a remake of Rebecca for Working Title.

Omega Underground has learned that British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, A Field In England) is in talks with DreamWorks and Working Title to direct a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rebecca.

The book had been previously adapted famously by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940, with his own feature film that starred Lawrence Oliver and Joan Fontaine.

TheHollywoodReporter finally confirmed my original news along with word that Armie Hammer and Lily James are now attached to star in the film which is at Working Title and Netflix. Hammer and Wheatley would be reuniting after working together on the low budget action flick Free Fire.

The 1938 novel tells the story of a young woman who, on arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate on a bleak English coast, finds herself battling the shadow of his dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house.

They also report that Jane Goldman has written the most recent draft of the script, who isn’t a stranger to gothic horror remakes as she previously wrote the screenplay for The Woman In Black which starred Daniel Radcliffe.

Ben Wheatley’s other previous films include High-Rise, Kill List, and Field In England, and his most recent film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead. Projects such as Freak Shift and an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Hard Boiled starring Tom Hiddleston are seemingly on hold for the moment as he now focuses on Rebecca.

Wheatley is a fantastic director and I’m going to be extremely curious how he’ll approach this material with a script from Goldman. It’s an interesting pairing indeed.

Armie Hammer is also expected to play a key role in Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile for 20th Century Fox, which is shooting later next year. So, he’s certainly keeping busy with a darker toned string of adapted material.

A production start or release date are currently unknown.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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