Netflix: Will Rebecca live up to Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic classic?

Rebecca: (L to R) Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter, Lily James as Mrs. de Winter. Cr. KERRY BROWN/NETFLIX
Rebecca: (L to R) Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter, Lily James as Mrs. de Winter. Cr. KERRY BROWN/NETFLIX /

Rebecca, the deep Gothic novel by Daphne du Maurier is being adapted once more. Netflix gives us a glimpse of the new film in a brand-new trailer.

Best known as an Alfred Hitchcock film from 1940, Rebecca is considered one of the best Gothic novels of 1938. The plot involves a young woman who marries a wealthy widower, only to discover his house is haunted by the memory of his late wife.

While the Hitchcock version is indeed the most recognized adaptation of the novel, it has been seen in other various forms including a BBC miniseries. However this version of the Gothic tale, is a new movie based on the source and not just a remake.

According to Deadline, Armie Hammer and Lily James star in the film that will mark the first major adaptation of du Maurier’s work since 1940. Director Ben Wheatley helms this effort penned by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse.

While not a direct remake, it’s going to be really hard to separate this production from the original Hitchcock work. The director worked through mood and use of imagery to convey the mystery that surrounds the film’s setting.

But if anyone is up to the job it’s Ben Wheatley. His film, Kill List (2011) was heavy with mood and mystery.

From the looks of the trailer the acting and cinematography for Rebecca are superb. However, Netflix productions can be hit or miss .

Rebecca could be one fantastic movie. On paper, it would appear to be that way.

But we will have to find out if this new approach captures the essence of the novel when it drops on Oct. 21. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

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Have you ever seen Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Rebecca? Are you looking forward to Netflix’s version? Let us know in the comments.