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

25th October, 2020
Director Ben Wheatley on why his new adaptation of Rebecca is not a remake
Ben Wheatley, director of a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel Rebecca

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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