By Dave Campbell | June 30, 2009
Source: LA Times
The Swedish vampire tale Let The Right One In is about to become Americanized by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves.
It will be retitled as Let Me In, a more faithful translation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s original novel/screenplay, and title of the 2008 Swedish film Låt den rätte komma in, directed by Tomas Alfredson.
The original story takes place in Blackeberg, Sweden a working class suburb of Stockholm, in the early ’80s. Oskar, a 12-year-old-boy who is being bullied at school befriends a mysterious child named Eli who moves in next door with an older man. Eli is revealed to be a vampire, but the two children develop a close relationship and Eli helps Oskar fight back against his tormentors.
Reeves acknowledges the challenges of remaking a foreign movie that everyone seemed to love. He is also quick to put all doubts to rest by insisting the children in the story will remain the correct age and not be made older to jump on the Twilight gravy train.
“There’s definitely people who have a real bull’s-eye on the film, and I can understand because of people’s’ 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.”
The American remake will be set in 1980’s Colorado, with locations currently being scouted. Let Me In is scheduled for release in the fall of 2010.