Matt Reeves Updates Overture's Let the Right One In Remake
It's probably not a good idea to bring this up again, but it's going to happen, whether you want it to or not. Overture Films is remaking the brilliant Swedish horror film Let the Right One In and has brought on Cloverfield director Matt Reeves to helm the remake. This was all announced in September last year, but we haven't heard much about it since then. However, the LA Times now has an update from Reeves, and it doesn't sound so bad. First off, the title has been changed to just Let Me In and it's being set in Reagan-era Colorado, mainly to localize it for US audiences, while also keeping it set in a dark, snowy environment.
Reeves explains his experience with the original. Overture asked him to check it out. "I was just hooked," Reeves recalls. "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." So at least he understands the finer aspects of Tomas Alfredson's film, but will he will be able to translate that into an Americanized remake? Let me remind you that they're going back to John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel for this and won't be just redoing what Alfredson did in his film.
"There's definitely people who have a real bull's-eye on the film," Reeves said, "and I can understand because of peoples' love of the [original] film that there's this cynicism that I'll come in and trash it, when in fact I have nothing but respect for the film. I'm so drawn to it for personal and not mercenary reasons, my feeling about it is if I didn't feel a personal connection and feel it could be its own film, I wouldn't be doing it. I hope people give us a chance."
Reeves also adds that he's working with casting director Avy Kaufman - who previously found kids for The Sixth Sense and The Ice Storm - to find the young actors for this remake. Reeves "vows will not be aged-up to make the film more of a smoldering Twilight-style romance." Thank goodness for that! We don't know too much more about this, including who is even writing the script, beyond that Overture is now aiming for a fall 2010 theatrical release. That means they better start shooting by the end of this year or early next. We'll certainly keep you updated. And we'll definitely let you know once Reeves finds his Oskar and Eli.