A Royal Affair director to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca

It’s a brave director who takes on a remake of a Hitchcock film and Deadline recently revealed Danish director Nikolaj Arcel to be very brave indeed.


Arcel, coming off international success with his Oscar nominated drama A Royal Affair, is taking on Alfred Hitchcock’s sole Best Picture winner Rebecca, which is based on the Daphne du Maurier book of the same name.

In many ways, Rebecca is a clever movie to remake despite the Hitchcock baggage. At its core, it is one of Hitch’s most atypical releases and his battles with famous producer David O. Selznick resulted in a great picture but not necessarily a signature Hitchcock one.

Of course, it’s still a well loved property and we can’t really say that anyone would be especially happy that it’s being remade.

Let the casting speculation commence as every young actress in Hollywood will no doubt clamour for the lead role made famous by Joan Fontaine in the original.

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