Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield recently sat down for a talk with the L.A. Times regarding his upcoming remake of the cult-hit Swedish vampire romance, Let The Right One In, which has been a sore spot for fans of the original (including yours truly), partly because the original was such a stunning achievement (that's barely a year old); partly because it's the Cloverfield guy doing the remake.
However, Matt Reeves is aware of all these gripes and wants to assure Let The Right One In fans that he has his head on straight for the remake, which has been retitled "Let Me In". Here's what Reeves had to say about his own experience watching Let The Right One In:
"I was just hooked...I was so taken with the story and I had a very personal reaction. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, with the metaphor that the hard times of your pre-adolescent, early adolescent moment, that painful experience is a horror."
If you haven't seen Let The Right One In (check out my reivew here), it was a Swedish film adapted from a novel by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, about a lonely tweenage boy who goes through life serving as a punching bag for local bullies until the night a strange young girl moves in next door to him. As boy and girl strike a puppy-love romance, boy slowly learns that his new crush is also a vampire.
The premise is interesting in and of itself, but it was the direction of Tomas Alfredson that really elevated Let The Right One In above such other crappy vampire-romance fare like Twilight.
Speaking of The Twilight Saga, Reeves promises fans that the characters of the two adolescent leads (expertly portrayed by Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson in the original) will not be aged into later teenage years in order to try an be more Twilight-relatable. Reeves expresses his staunch commitment to the original and says he will try to honor it in every way. And while I'm sure Reeves is a well-intentioned guy, this is Hollywood we're talking about and NOTHING is really that sacred... the proof will be in the pudding, as they say...
One final bit of news: Reeves says that Let Me In has been set in Reagan-era Colorado, so at least we can be sure that the remake is going to recreate the snow-blotted world of the original. Good to hear.
Reeves recently turned in a second draft of the Let Me In script and the movie is set to go into production soon. It's currently slated for a Fall 2010 release. For more of the L.A. Times interview with Matt Reeves, go here.
Source: L.A. Times