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Netflix and Working Title are teaming on a new adaptation of one of old Hollywood’s most beloved mysteries: Rebecca.
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.
English helmer Ben Wheatley, who worked with Hammer on the shoot-’em-up action comedy Free Fire, will direct from a screenplay by Kingsman writer Jane Goldman. Working Title’s Eric Fellner will produce, along with Tim Bevan and Nira Park.
In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock directed the preeminent adaptation of Rebecca, which was produced by David O. Selznick and starred Lawrence Oliver and Joan Fontaine. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter‘s review called the pic “overlong” but went on to say it is an “artistic masterpiece.” Rebecca would go on to earn Oscar nominations in nearly every major category and eventually took home the 1941 best picture statuette.
Hammer, who is repped by WME and Sloane Offer, will next be seen in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex, due out Dec. 25, and Hotel Mumbai.
James was last seen in the Mamma Mia! sequel, Here We Go Again, which earned nearly $400 million at the global box office. Repped by UTA and the U.K’s Tavistock Wood, the English actress will next be seen in Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle’s musical comedy set up at Universal.
Wheatley is repped by WME, the U.K.’s Independent and Bloom Hergott; Goldman is repped by WME and the U.K.’s Independent.
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