Eighty years later, Netflix’s “Rebecca” is directed by Ben Wheatley and stars Armie Hammer as Maxim and Lily James as his wife. The cast of this latest adaptation insist they don’t worry about comparisons to the Hitchcock classic.
“Ben Wheatley has always been very clear that we’re adapting the book as opposed to the Hitchcock movie, so we kind of tried to ignore that,” James said. Variety. “We’ve kind of pushed this right to the back of our minds. ”
Hammer admitted that he hadn’t seen the Hitchcock movie or read the book before tapping into the new movie. “I kind of broached the subject with a blank slate, but when I got hired I read the book. Ben Wheatley said, “I don’t want the movie. I don’t want you to do what Laurence Olivier did. We do our own adaptation. It’s gonna be different. It’s going to be modernized, ”Hammer said.
Kristin Scott Thomas, who plays housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, believes Hitchcock likely faced a similar scrutiny when he decided to adapt the novel. “I imagine when he made his movie, they were probably saying the same thing, ‘How could you make a movie out of this novel? “, Did she say. “Since then, there have been many adaptations of the novel, so I don’t really think about it. Yes, it’s a beautiful movie and I admire it a lot and have seen it a few times, but I think ours is just a different take. It’s a different approach. ”
Hammer was not afraid to offend Hitchcock and the legacy of his cast. He cracked, “They’re dead anyway.” They won’t care.
“Rebecca” is now available on Netflix.