PUBLISHED: 18:11, Tue, Sep 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:11, Tue, Sep 8, 2020
Rebecca is a ghost story like no other, and has become famous for its various screen depictions. This latest film, directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, is coming to Netflix very soon. But is the film adapted from a book, and who wrote the original?
Rebecca is, indeed, like many of its previous adaptation, adapted from the book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
The novel was du Maurier’s fifth, but was undoubtedly one of her most successful works.
The novel, released in 1983, was an immediate hit, and sold nearly three million copies from its release to 1965, and has never gone out of print.
The author won the National Book Award for favourite novel of 1938, as voted for by the American Booksellers Association, and in 2003 it earned the 14th place spot in the BBC’s The Big Read survey.
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Rebecca - was it adapted from a book? (Image: Netflix)
Lily James as Mrs de Winter (Image: Netflix)
Rebecca has been adapted for stage and screen a number of timea, with the first stage adaptation written by du Maurier herself in 1939.
The most famous of these adaptations is undoubtedly from Alfred Hitchcock, whose movie won the Academy Award for Best Film.
In the film, Laurence Olivier stars as Maxim de Winter, while Joan Fontaine stars as the new Mrs de Winter, while Judith Anderson played the forever loyal Mrs Danvers – though her loyalty is clearly to the wrong person.
This film, however, took some major twists and diversions from the original, mainly in the fate of Rebecca herself.
This was due to the Hollywood Production Code, who asserted the person responsible for the death of Rebecca – if she had been murdered – would have to be punished for the crime, which was clearly