Cloverfield's Matt Reeves Remaking Let the Right One In
by Alex Billington
September 25, 2008
Last week at Fantastic Fest in Austin, I caught an amazing Swedish horror film called Let the Right One In. I praised it in my review and called it one of my favorite films of the year, which is definitely still true. The moment I got out of the screening, I immediately thought to myself that this was going to get an American remake by the end of the year. I was right - but it only took a few days for the announcement to hit. And this news about who's directing it couldn't be any better. Matt Reeves, who burst onto the big screen directing Cloverfield earlier this year, will direct the Let the Right One In remake. If I can admit, this is some of the best news I've heard all week. Reeves is definitely a near perfect choice!
The remake is being developed by Overture Films and Hammer Films, with Reeves set to both write and direct the remake. Hammer Films picked up the rights back in May when the film won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival. It went on to win the Audience Award in the horror category at Fantastic Fest earlier this week. "I was immediately taken by both the novel and the Swedish film of Let the Right One In, which are just so unique," Reeves said. "I found them not only terrifying but incredibly moving, and I am very excited about adapting them into an American context." He's definitely right about that and I'm glad someone who has so much appreciation for the film is handling this remake.
As exciting as this news is, it's sad to know that most people will probably end up more familiar with the remake than the original. And this is one of those films (like [Rec]) where the original really can't be topped, no matter how much bigger the budget for this ends up being. Although Reeves will most certainly do a good job, it won't live up to the original, which will still have a place in my heart. If you're reading this news at all, you should really make sure you see the original before you read any more about this remake. It will hit limited theaters starting on October 24th. We'll definitely be following this project very closely, although Reeves is still staled to start production on The Invisible Woman before moving to this.