As those of you who are sick of seeing news of great foreign language films getting remade will probably be aware of, the brilliant Swedish vampire romance Let The Right One In is in the process of being remade for English speaking audiences (they say it’s a new adaptation of the original book of the same name, but it’s essentially a remake just the same).
This time they’re shortening the title to Let Me In, either because they need to go as far as simplifying the title or it’s easier to fit on the posters (probably both). We get word now via /Film that Overture Films has announced a release date for Let Me In: October 1st, 2010. Also, the studio has revealed the official (and quite lengthy) synopsis for the film that we have below if you’re especially interested.
(Warning: Having seen the original Let The Right One In – and taking it that the remake follows the story exactly – the following synopsis could be considered to have SPOILERS, but only mild ones)
An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves.
Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father. A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.
When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.
The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.
Is it just me or does some of that just sound like a apt review of the original Let The Right One In? Case in point – “A haunting and provocative thriller,” and, “an astonishing coming-of-age story.” The film is still currently filming in New Mexico and yet they’re already singing its praises…
It’s been said by me and many others since this remake was announced: there’s just no need for it to exist. I wrote an article a while ago on Screen Rant about why people shouldn’t avoid subtitled movies and when they do, less and less remakes like this will get made because the originals will get the recognition and success they deserve.
Having said that, I’ve really liked the casting for the movie, particularly the great Richard Jenkins playing the little girl’s father. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is an odd but interesting choice to direct and this has me curious as to how he’ll handle the material. But honestly, I just wish people would seek out the original, including you if you’re someone who’s been avoiding it up until now – I promise you won’t regret it one iota.
Let Me In stars Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Elias Koteas, Cara Bruono and Sasha Barrese. As stated, it’s now set to hit theaters on October 1st this year.