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Let Me In Starts Shooting / Casting Update

Let Me in Starts Shooting / Casting UpdateMatt Reeves’ remake of the acclaimed film Let the Right One In, now titled after the book that film was based upon, Let Me In, has begun shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The news broke today along with a quick casting update! Dig it!

From the Press Release:
Principal photography began today on Let Me In, writer/director Matt Reeves’ adaptation of Let the Right One In, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Reeves (Cloverfield) and young stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz ((500) Days of Summer) were among those on-set as filming commenced on the Hammer Films production at Albuquerque Studios. Filming will also take place in various other locations in New Mexico before returning to Albuquerque to wrap in January.

In the haunting and provocative Let Me In, an alienated 12-year-old boy (Smit-McPhee) befriends a mysterious young newcomer (Moretz) in his small New Mexico town and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood. The film is based on the bestselling vampire novel, Latden Ratte Komma In, by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, and is an English-language remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film of the same name.

The filmmakers note that while the new film will pay respect to the original Swedish version, they intend to forge a unique identity for Let Me In, placing it firmly in an American context.

“This project is very personal to Matt as it is to the many passionate fans of the original story,” said Simon Oakes, President and CEO of Hammer Films. “The brilliance of that story deserves to be seen by audiences on a wide scale, and we are excited that the pieces are in place to make that a reality.”

Updates to the cast list include Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) as the policeman, Cara Buono (“The Sopranos”) as Owen’s mother, and Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) as “Virginia.” It was previously announced that Smit-McPhee and Moretz would play the leads “Owen” and “Abby”, respectively, and Oscar®-nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) would play the guardian of “Abby”.

Hammer Films acquired the remake rights to Let the Right One In at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, where the film took home the Founders Award® for Best Narrative Feature. The production is scheduled for a 2010 release in the U.S. by Overture Films. Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution of the film.

Producing the film are Hammer’s Oakes, Guy East, and Nigel Sinclair along with Oscar®-winner Donna Gigliotti (Shakespeare in Love). Hammer’s Alex Brunner and Tobin Armbrust will executive produce along with John Ptak, Philip Elway, and Fredrik Malmberg. Overture’s Robert Kessel, EVP Production & Acquisitions, will oversee production for the studio. Swedish producers John Nordling and Carl Molinder, who produced the original film, are also involved as producers on this remake.

Let Me In is the first film in a two-picture co-production, financing, and distribution agreement between Overture Films and Exclusive Media Group, the parent company of Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures.

For more about the film check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @letmeinthemovie.

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10 Comments

  1. Since the film is an adaptation of the 2004 novel I’m going to shelve my normal zero-tolerance policy on remakes, even if the Swedish film is sheer brilliance and it’s highly dubious that anything will compare. But I also enjoyed GODZILLA, uh, CLOVERFIELD so I’m curious to see what Reeves comes up with. And some of the casting choices are great, especially Richard Jenkins as the guardian…

    Crap. If I end up liking this film I’m going to use the ‘adaptation’ excuse so I can continue to hate all things remake. Cuz remakes are bad, mm-kay?

    • For all intents and purposes, it’s a remake. They only decided to make this because of the original film, not because of the novel.

      And having read the book, there’s no way this is going to be more faithful than the original film was. There’s no way in Hell that they’re going to go where the book went.

      • Ya think? I was being semantical and sarcastic, thankyouverymuch.

        I adore the original (film) and doubt anything could be as good. I’m also not saying remaking it is OK, because remakes suck, period. However, that being said, John Carpenter’s THE THING is one of my all time favorite films and it is (brace yourselves) a remake. Dun-DUN-DUNNNN!!!!

        My point is there are a lot of truly talented people being lined up for this ‘remake’ and, regardless of how much I adore the original, I’m going to watch the new version and judge it on it’s own merits. The exact same way I did the remake of [REC], QUARANTINE and Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN. Both of those films were remakes of superior, borderline genius films that failed miserably in every possible way, and therefore they sucked.

        But, heaven forbid, if Reeves & Co actually make a decent movie that stands on it’s own, then I’m going to call it that way. Even if it’s only a hair shy of plagiarism, I call a spade a spade. (However, my prediction is hateful, with a chance of venom.)

  2. The title is a fucking GOOSEBUMPS book that completely ignores the tone and purpose of the original LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

    Fuck every single person involved with this worthless remake. As a horror fan who has tastes that extends beyond glossy remake piles of shit and SAW sequels… just know that I will NEVER see or even acknowledge this pile of worthless shit.

    And that is all I will EVER say about this atrocity against cinema.

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