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Let the Right One In remake

LetTheRightOneIn.jpgThe remake of Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In) seems to be moving forward without a hitch, with Matt Reeves of Cloverfield (Filmstalker review) set to direct the film. Now one of the producers has been talking about the reasons behind the remake, and struggles even more to convince us there's a real reason for it.

We've already heard from Reeves justifying it, the original director decrying it, and the great reviews the original is receiving, but now let's hear from the producer.

Fred Malmberg spoke over at Dread Central through HorrorMovies.ca about the film, and here's what he had to say to us about the remake:

"I don't think you should compare the two films, they are aiming at different audiences. Matt Reeves is a very, very talented director who comes from another angle, he has a great sense of where the young audience is today. I hope he will retell the tale so that it can capture a much wider audience yet remain faithful to the core concepts of Ajvide's book."

That's the original book from which Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In) is taken from, Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), and that seems to be were the remake will be looking for it's source.

However much praise he heaps on Matt Reeves , there's a real reason that they're remaking the film, and it's something we've heard of many times before by directors when talking about their foreign language films being remade for American audiences.

"The book is so great...It is a fresh take on vampire mythology and it deserves a big audience. No matter how successful a subtitled film is in the U.S., the potential will always be minor compared to an English-language film.

In the U.S., Tomas Alfredson's film is considered an art-house picture. Mostly because it is a foreign language film, but also because of his directing style; he is a very Nordic director with lingering shots, camera work, music and so forth"

So it's the subtitles, the art house aspect of the film in that it has lingering shots and non-Hollywood moments. Oh, and let's be honest, with a bigger market comes bigger profits.

Is there really a need to remake this film? No, and remember what the director of the original, Tomas Alfredson, said back in September last year:

"Remakes should be made of movies that aren't very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong. I'm very proud of my movie and think it's great, but the Americans might be of an other opinion. The saddest thing for me would be to see that beautiful story made into something mainstream."

Meanwhile Matt Reeves tried to defend the remake in November of last year:

"It’s a terrific movie and a fantastic book. I think it could be a really touching haunting and terrifying film. I’m really excited about what it could be."

He goes on to try and convince us that the film would be superb uprooted to America. Yes, we've seen that work so many times before, did someone say Wicker Man? Oh and hasn't it already been made into a haunting and terrifying film? Is that a little bit of an insult to the original film?

Mind you, that film had subtitles, and who the hell is going to sit through a great film with subtitles?!

Joking aside, I really don't see this working out well, definitely not as well as the original, even if Reeves is as talented as Fred Malmberg says and we've seen with Cloverfield. There's just no need for it.



Simply put, the need resides in the success of "Twilight". There's a market out there and these people want their share. The business of showbusiness is business...anything else will wait until after the opening weekend.

I feel a little angry after reading those quotes from the producer and from Reeves. In my opinion, which doesn't seem to be in the minority, the movie is already beautiful and terrifying! I cannot imagine the remake standing above the original. I challenge them to prove me wrong! On this, I side with the director Tomas Alfredson, it is a shame they feel they can do better than his beautiful film.
I may be judging harshly, but I bet the American version will be loud, over done and moderized to appeal to the average movie goer. I wonder if they'll age the children as well? I mean do American's really want to see a friendship/romance between 12 year olds, especially if one is a vampire?

Perfectly put Meli, but I think Frederick is right too, we will see them moved slightly up into the teen bracket because of Twilight.


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