Daphne Du Maruier’s Rebecca To Return To The Big Screen

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

DreamWorks has confirmed this month that they plan to bring Daphne du Maruier‘s 1938 novel Rebecca back to the big screen.

To be re-adapted by Steven Knight, the book tells the story of an unnamed American woman who marries a rich Englishman, Maximilian de Winter. Moving into his estate, though, she finds herself confronted by the echoes of her new husband’s first wife, Rebecca and beings to unravel a mystery that lives on even after Rebecca’s death.

The novel was adapted once before, quite famously, by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940, and starred Joan Fontaine as the central heroine and Laurence Olivier as de Winter.

Knight, who is re-adapting the novel, is best known for scribing 2002’s Dirty Pretty Things and 2007’s Eastern Promises.

I actually have this book on my bookshelf as my university campus is named after Du Maruier. I’m told that it is a great and classic novel, so I best get reading…

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