Some of you out there consider a remake of Let the Right One In to be as near to sacrilege as you’re willing to accept. We feel your pain, but let me remind you that we all felt the same way about Dawn of the Dead and that turned out to be OK. So what does director Matt Reeves have in store for us — something to honor the source material or just more unnecessary Hollywood gloss?
Reeves recently sat down with MTV and offered the following to worried fans …
“One of the things I really wanted to do was find my own way into the story while still being very, very reverent to the beautiful film and to the wonderful story that they created,” Reeves tells MTV. “And so the story in many ways follows the same trajectory. I really wanted to put you, even more so, into the point of view of the boy and understand his childhood as vividly as it comes across in the book.”
In terms of how to avoid being compared to the teen vamp craze known as Twilight …
“I think that it has obviously really touched a nerve and tapped into a very, very deep vein. To me, the thing about genre stories that is the most interesting thing is what you do with the metaphor of the genre,” said Reeves. “You can do a grand, sweeping love story, like Twilight, and use that metaphor of the two people that are just being torn apart and the aching-ness of it, and that’s a great fantasy. I think that what people respond to in Twilight is the fantasy of it. It’s such a grand, romantic fantasy, and in a way, the reason why I think there is room for a film like ours is, though it’s a vampire film, it uses it in such a different way. Whereas Twilight is kind of a fantasy, this will be a darker, scarier kind of journey. Obviously, True Blood is also really big these days too, and that’s a different thing using the sexual side. I think it’s really about what sort of emphasis the story takes and how you use the metaphor. The amazing thing about genre films is the way to smuggle in different kinds of themes and things worthy of exploration. I think what so struck me about this story is that what it is exploring is so different and so real.”
Please … let this film work. We’ll find out how it all turns out on October 1st, 2010 when Let Me In sweeps into theatres.
Got news? Click here to submit it!
Befriend other bizarre adolescents in the Dread Central forums!