Nikolaj Arcel to Direct REBECCA Remake March 22, 2013 Remake of the Oscar winning thriller locks in helmer. Earlier this year it was revealed that a remake of Hitchcock’s 1940 mystery thriller ‘Rebecca’ was in development over at DreamWorks and Working Title Films. Now Deadline has word that Nikolaj Arcel (‘A Royal Affair’) has been tapped to take the director’s chair. Based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, the original followed a naive young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries a rich widower (Laurence Olivier,) and settles in his gigantic mansion, only to find that the memory of the first wife maintains a grip on her husband and the servants. The script for the remake comes from ‘Eastern Promises’ scribe Steven Knight. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing.