Director Ben Wheatley on why his new adaptation of Rebecca is not a remake
Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel has been adapted many times for the screen, but Ben Wheatley, director of a new film version for Netflix, believes earlier adaptations missed the point at the heart of the unsettling love story
Ben Wheatley is no stranger to ambitious adaptations. The 48-year-old self-taught director has been a singular voice in British cinema since his no-budget debut Down Terrace a decade ago.
He is also one of the few film-makers with the courage required to tackle the complexities of JG Ballard (in 2015’s dystopian High-Rise) or turn Shakespeare’s military tragedy Coriolanus into a dysfunctional family drama, as he did with his BBC Christmas film Happy New Year, Colin...
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