Matt Reeves on “Let the Right One In” Remake

Matt Reeves is most famous as the director of the shaky cam flick, Cloverfield. His latest movie faces the uphill battle of pleasing genre geeks because it’s an adaptation/retelling of the immensely beloved Swedish vampire flick, Let the Right One In.

Reeves sat down with the LA Times to discuss his movie, Let Me In, which stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas.

“I think because of Cloverfield, people have an assumption, which is, ‘Oh, crazy handicam, he’s going to jazz it up,’ ” Reeves said in the interview. “And I think that’s probably what a lot of people were afraid of when they thought of the most cynical version. And that’s the last thing we tried to do. We tried to create the approaching, foreboding dread of movies like The Shining, where you feel like something wicked is unraveling and it’s not going to end well. That’s what I responded to about the original, the juxtaposition of those tones, this very disturbing story but at the center of it there are these very tender emotions. That’s a very unusual mix, and that’s what drew me in and dug into me.”

I don’t think Reeves owns anybody an explanation or justification for wanting to tackle this material.  Especially fans of the original.  It’s a great story.

No one is complaining that David Fincher is going to tackle an adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which already has a very good film adaptation of it.  And we’ve heard directors say all the right things in the past just to keep the fanboys at bay (see: McG and Terminator Salvation).

“This is a vampire movie, but really it’s about the pain of adolescence. And that kind of thing is really exciting to me,” he concludes.  Even if Reeves doesn’t come close to the original, at least his flick will lead other people to seek out the original and that’s not such a bad thing in my book.  Still, with the cast he’s assembled, and that photo above, I’m hopeful he’s put together something special.  [via]

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