Reeves talks Let The Right One In remake
Matt Reeves has been talking about his remake of Let The Right One in. The director of the original wasn't best pleased with the announcement of the remake.
Now Reeves has explained his take on the story, and a few of the things he plans to change.
Tomas Alfredson directed Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In), a Swedish horror film with a difference. Unfortunately it hasn't had a huge release making it difficult for some of us to see. Word is though that it is a great film. An alienated and bullied young boy, befriends a girl who helps him get revenge. He soon discovers her secret though, but it fails to lessen his bond with her. You can see the trailer here.
Alfredson was none too happy when an American remake was announced. You can read his comments here. It's going ahead regardless though, and Matt Reeves has been talking about his plans for the film.
First of all he plans on changing the location, not a surprise for an American 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.
So same era different location, so everyone can speak English and we don't have to read subtitles. He also spoke to MTV about remaking it for an American audience.
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.
He's not winning me over here. He also talked about the original film and what attracted him to it.
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.
Now I haven't seen the original. But isn't it entirely possible that it is already a "touching, haunting and terrifying film"? Having only seen the great looking trailers, I don't know why this remake bugs me so much. I guess it's the fact that someone has possibly made a unique film, but in Swedish and minus a big name American actor or two. Let's remake it so that it fits in with the norm.
Anyone out there who has seen the original film? Are you interested in the American remake? Are my gut instincts right?