Matt Reeves Talks About His Let the Right One In Remake
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.