Am I surprised? No. Am I upset/disappointed/Hulk-angry? Nope.
Cloverfield director, Matt Reeves is taking on the project and renaming it Let Me In. The movie will set in Reagan-era Colorado, sticking with the dreary, snowy environment of the original. Reeves is planning on incorporating the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel and not just making a straight-forward remake of the film.
I read the book and of course, have seen the movie a few times. There are a lot of aspects of the book I really loved and the film is a condensed version leaving out a few characters and focusing mainly on the kids. And the ending, well, the film out-shined the book. The book summed up the pool scene and the film brought out the intensity of that scene and added a subtle sweetness to the end.
I just hope the remake can fill in the blanks of Eli’s history. That’s the real reason why I had to get the book just days after seeing the film. I had to know everything about Eli, I wanted to know what happened to her and all that she experienced throughout her life, her joys, her pains, everything!
I have faith that Matt Reeves can fuse the book and film together to make a great Americanize version. In a statement about the original he describes how the film personally affected him.
“I was just hooked. I was so taken with the story and I had a very personal reaction. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, with the metaphor that the hard times of your pre-adolescent, early adolescent moment, that painful experience is a horror.”
“There’s definitely people who have a real bull’s-eye on the film,” Reeves continued, “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.”
I think Reeves wants to do this film justice and I believe that he will.
Let Me In is scheduled for a fall 2010 release.