Hans here with some info about a remake of one of my favorite horror movies and hopefully one of yours, Let the Right One In.
I must have been asleep for the last few months because the little piece of info about the Cloverfield guy directing a remake of one of the best movies of last year somehow eluded me. Reeves recently revealed to the L.A. Times that he has just finished a second draft of the script that is going to be titled Let Me In. The action has also been moved to early 80s Colorado, which will keep the remake in step with the snow-covered, unforgivingly cold look of the original. Reeves also revealed that there are no plans to make the two leads older. The characters of Oskar and Elle will stay early adolescents.
For those of you who haven’t seen Let the Right One In, it centers around the friendship of two Swedish kids, the withdrawn, ridiculed Oskar and the mysterious, equally withdrawn Elle, and their emerging friendship, which hits a bit of a hitch in the road when Oskar finds out that his new friend is a vampire. This makes for a deeply moving emotional journey about two outcast kids finding each other. It’s also an incredibly beautiful film, full of cold, forbidding images that send chills up your spine.
An American remake? I knew it would probably happen, but it seems kinda soon, and I just don’t think Reeves is the right guy to do it. The original was so understated and interior, and American remakes always have the tendency to make things so much more loud and on-the-nose in the interest of being appealing to broad audiences. There is also plenty of objectionable stuff in the original about the kids and their emerging sexuality which will make most American audiences will cringe, so that will probably go away.
I’m gonna keep an open mind about this one, though. The decision to keep it in the chill season is pretty vital for the story, but something that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see them drop. Keeping them young is also pretty vital, but I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Reeves make them teenagers in order to score some Twilight fans. I didn’t hate Cloverfield, but I certainly didn’t like it either. Hopefully, that film was just Reeves’s toe-in-the-door film, and now he is going to reveal himself as Kubrick. Unlikely, but I can dream, right?