re·tell·ing | \(ˌ)rē-ˈte-liŋ \

Definition of retelling 

: a new version of a story a retelling of a Greek legend

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As if that wasn't enough, Elba is set to direct and produce the modern retelling of Victor Hugo's classic novel through his Green Door production house, according to The Hollywood Reporter., "Bae of All Baes Idris Elba To Play The Hunchback Of Notre Dame," 24 May 2018 Today, that event is viewed as a landmark success in the modern retelling of American history. Washington Post, "Black leader brings provocative take to Civil War museum," 21 Apr. 2018 Federico Garcia Lorca’s tragedy of a childless woman in rural Spain receives a modern retelling via the Australian writer and director Simon Stone. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Read more: Give Ford some credit for facing hard truths, like the retelling of the 1973 oil crisis that pushed consumers away from American gas guzzlers and toward foreign economy rides. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018 The story is already set for a retelling by Hollywood, with two production companies looking to put together movies about the boys and their rescue. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 Given its retelling of the accusations, appears to have obtained the Cleveland police narrative and published a story based on it. Michael Mccann,, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 2018 Don’t let anyone glam up the retelling of Game 7 of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals: no one is sending the highlights to the Hall of Fame. Jason Gay, WSJ, "LeBron James Can’t Do It by Himself (Or Can He?)," 28 May 2018 While Totoro was an instant, beloved children’s fantasy classic, Grave of the Fireflies was a much more complex, upsetting work, a sober retelling of the last months of the conflict from the perspective of two Japanese children. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Remembering Animation's Legendary Isao Takahata," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of retelling

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retelling was in 1883

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to reject or criticize sharply

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