While I still haven’t warmed to High Rise despite having watched it on three occasions, there’s no doubt that Ben Wheatley [Sightseers, Kill List] is still one of the most exciting British filmmakers around. Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca has been adapted several times, most notably in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed movie from 1940 which is undoubtedly a classic. However, Wheatley will do doubt put his own spin on it and make the material seem fresh again.
Jane Goldman is writing the screenplay for the film which is being produced by Netflix and Working Title, and Armie Hammer and Lily James will take over the roles immortalised by Lawrence Olivier and Jane Fontaine. However, a great deal will hinge on who plays the frightening Mrs. Danvers. Who do you think will be appropriate?
Production will begin next Spring.