Fans (like yours truly) of the Swedish vampire novel-turned-movie, Let The Right One In have been experiencing serious angst ever since it was announced that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves was going to helm an American remake called Let Me In.
That angst relaxed a bit when Reeves tapped two talented young actors - The Road's Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz - to play the central characters of a morose young boy and his vampire neighbor. Also a good sign: Reeves was going to be sticking close to the Swedish version of the film and the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Now we have an even better indicator that Reeves has his head in the right place, as the director recently told MTV that Let Me In will not resemble The Twilight Saga in any way.
Check out the quote from Reeves regarding the inevitable comparisons Twilight and True Blood:
"To me, the thing about genre stories that is the most interesting thing is what you do with the metaphor of the genre...I think that what people respond to in "Twilight" is the fantasy of it...Whereas "Twilight" is kind of a fantasy, this will be a darker, scarier kind of journey. Obviously, "True Blood" is also really big these days too, and that's a different thing using the sexual side...I think what so struck me about this story is that what it is exploring is so different and so real."
If you want to read more of Reeves' breakdown of his approach to Let Me In you can go HERE, or simply listen to a snippet of the interview below!
I agree with what Reeves says about genre stories: It really is all about how you employ the metaphor (in this case, vampirism). However, this is why I still worry: Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson utilized what I believe is the best approach for adapting a complex novel: he used less to say more.
Those who read my review of Let The Right One In, you'll recall that what I was most impressed by was the way in which the scenes were crafted - like a series of short films - in which we were left to infer much of the subtext of the story from the carefully crafted shots and brooding atmosphere Alfredson provided. It's not exactly a talent many American filmmakers are known for.
Still, so far I can't really harp on Matt Reeves - and the cast of Let Me In definitely seems able to nail the story. So we'll see.
Let Me In is slated for release on October 1, 2010.