Nicole Kidman is currently in talks to play the lead role for Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of Before I Go to Sleep. Based on the novel written by S.J. Watson. If all agreements are successfully made, then Kidman will play the role of Christine, the woman with a severe memory problem.
The official book synopsis from S.J. Watson’s website:
Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.
But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?
Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.
S.J. Watson’s book was published in 2011 and has gone on to become a best seller, translated into 30 languages and has reached number 7 on the US bestseller list. That makes it the highest position for a debut novel by British author since J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. Even the New York Times described the author as an “out-of-nowhere literary sensation.” Nowhere or somewhere?
You know what, I think I have a memory problem too. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this movie already. Twice actually.
The first time I’ve watched this movie was in the year 2000 it was called Memento. It was about a man who’s short term memory was unable to transfer to long term memory. It got so out of hand that he couldn’t remember a person spitting up in his drink a minute prior; only to drink it for the amusement of all. The premise of the story is that the amnesiac man is trying to find his wife’s killer. So combat his memory loss, he tattoos clues and findings on his body, while taking Polaroid pictures of everything he goes. The story is actually a rather boring one if told straight up. What makes it cool is that the entire sequence of the film is chopped up in a cunning manner; which actually makes it interesting.
The second time I’ve watched this movie it was in 2004 and it was called 50 First Dates, the romantic comedy that stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Sandler tries to pick up Barrymore who has a severe memory problem; which resets every morning she wakes up, prior to her accident. Incidentally it also makes her forget she already starred in romantic comedies with Sandler in real life, forcing her to repeatedly relive the rehashed story. This story is told in a proper Sandler sequential fashion; which includes 80’s references, horrible singing, and Rob Schneider. “You can do it!”
How is this fair? That’s it. I’ve decided that I’m going to write a story about children that go to a special magical school for the morbidly gifted that teaches them how to bust ghosts. Combined with remakes, franchise reboots, literary remixes and public domain rehashes, it seems we can add one more flavorless ingredient to the Hollywood stew: Movie splicing. Combining two or more movies to produce an entirely new film. It must be a new technique right? Ow! What the Hades? Is that a tattoo on my leg?
“Look up Star Wars, The Dam Busters, and The Hidden Fortress.”
Stupid tattoos. Stop telling me how to live my life!