Matt Reeves Talks About His Let the Right One In Remake

November 14, 2008
Source: MTV

Matt Reeves

If you live in Los Angeles, you should've seen Let the Right One In by now (if not - buy a ticket now), the fantastic Swedish horror film that we've been talking about quite a bit. We previously announced that an American remake was in the works by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, which is both exciting and worrisome because it's such a great film on its own. MTV caught up with Reeves recently and got him to spill his guts on why he is interested in remaking it and his thoughts on what to do so far, including when and where he'll set it. Obviously it's a ways out from actually going into production, but hearing his thoughts on this actually makes me a bit more confident in him and the idea of the remake.

"It's a terrific movie and a fantastic book. I think it could be a really touching haunting and terrifying film. I'm really excited about what it could be," Reeves tells MTV. "I had such a personal reaction when I saw the movie and when I read the book. I felt like there was an opportunity to do something incredibly personal while still being in a genre arena." I truly hope so. Reeves gets everything right - it is an amazing movie and it is very personal, I just hope that makes into his remake as well. He goes on to talk about how he believes the story (based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's book) could translate well into American cinema.

"The movie and the book are incredibly Swedish yet there's something so universal about the tale of this kid and something that in the context of an American story could be completely different while being very consistent with the original story. There's something about it that can be an American mythic tale."

"I see the film as essentially being the fantasies of this 12 year old who’s having such a hard time. It would never be that overt where you would watch the movie and say that's a dream but to me that is kind of an organizing principle."

So where is Reeves planning to set the tale in his remake? "I'm keeping it in the early 80s. I love the setting of it being in a snowy locale. I've been thinking of Colorado, maybe Littleton." Perfect. I'm from Colorado and I get a silly grin across my face just thinking about a little vampire girl wreaking havoc in Littleton. Reeves is both writing and directing, so it's just a matter of waiting for him to finish the script and get it into production. "Overture wants it as soon as possible. They would love me to do it next so that's what we're shooting for at the moment." While we wait for that to happen, there's only one thing for everyone to do - go see the original! It's in theaters now and will be in art houses for at least a few months.

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  • Yeah, I think the original is fantastic! Matt Reeves, please approach with caution (i.e don't f&(* this up!)
  • Laser-beak
    How about Cloverfield vs The Little Vampire Girl
  • Saif
    Do you guys think he will keep it as graphically violent as the original? I mean, if it's PG-13 the movie is already a lost cause.
  • peloquin
    No need to remake this just because lazy Americans won't read subtitles...their loss because it was fantastic and I don't see how it could be done any better. I wonder why other countries never remake our movies in their native tongue? Probably because they respect the original film maker enough to see the film as it was meant to be seen.
  • nick
    The last movie that was shot in my hometown was Bowling for Columbine, but I'm glad this is coming now to our slice of suburbia because Vampires will always scare me much less than Michael Moore ever will. Now if we could just figure out away to merge the two movies, kinda a Freddy vs. Jason type thing we might have a real hit on our hands (as long as Moore gets his blood sucked out in the end).
  • I really do not understand why this has to be remade. It is theaters now . There are no other scripts out there ? I just don't understand it hasn't been even taken out of the theaters yet, and they are screaming remake . The movie is so well done as it is . I just do not see the point.
  • Ancan
    Please don't
  • Maggie
    Why on Earth would anyone think this a great idea? Cloverfield sucked so bad I can't even get started..
  • Bran
    When I heard 'remake' I thought what everyone else thought... "No! Don't". But what I believe Matt Reeves wants to do is take the most basic concept of 'the book' and tell the story in his own words. Not necessarily remake the movie because it was bad (because it wasn't), but tell it in a different way. I don't think it's such a bad idea because I'm sure Reeves' final product will be a completely different story then the books' or the movie's. So, more or less, 2 different variations of the book. Because, from what I've heard, "Let the Right One in" is pretty different than the book is.
  • Sierra
    when i first heard about the remake i freaked out. no no no no no. but i'm sorta starting to like the idea. of course, the original will always be the best one out there. and of course they can't possibly find any better actors than the original ones, but i think the movie may have hope. i'm just scared that there will be a lot more action and dialogue because of how Americans are. the original film has sensational music and little dialogue and the language just makes it all the more wonderful. reeves seems to actually care about making this film a good one though so... we'll see. i'm certainly hoping that he'll film it in colorado though, i live really near littleton!
  • Adrienne
    Fuck you Matt Reeves.




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