Between "Twilight" and the critically hailed Swedish flick, "Let The Right One In," now is the time for angst-ridden teens and vampires. And you thought "The Loys: The Tribe" put a nail in that coffin.
By now you know everything under the sun about "Twilight" (if that's a pun, it's not intended) but you probably know less about "Let The Right One In" (read Kurt Loder's glowing review here). If so, get thee to an art house and check it out. Haunting and throughly unique in tone, it's a stand-out flick this Fall. And yeah, it's in Swedish, alright? Deal. Or don't. Because there is an English-language remake in the works and it's coming from "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves. Ready to hear his take on the story? I chatted with Reeves the other day (he said he's at work on the script right now) and here's what he told me:
Will he change the time period and locale? "I’m keeping it in the early 80s. I love the setting of it being in a snowy locale. I’ve been thinking of Colorado, maybe Littleton."
On adapting the story for an American audience: "The movie and the book are incredibly Swedish yet there’s something so universal about the tale of this kid and something that in the context of an American story could be completely different while being very consistent with the original story. There’s something about it that can be an American mythic tale."
On his love for the source material: "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."
On his personal connection to the story: "I had such a personal reaction when I saw the movie and when I read the book. I felt like there was an opportunity to do something incredibly personal while still being in a genre arena."
How he sees the story: "It’s an amazing mixture of a coming of age story and a really scary horror film. It's touching and scary. It’s an incredibly touching love story and a really scary vampire movie."
Through the eyes of a child? "I see the film as essentially being the fantasies of this 12 year old who’s having such a hard time. It would never be that overt where you would watch the movie and say that’s a dream but to me that is kind of an organizing principle."
The film may be his next directing effort: "Overture wants it as soon as possible. They would love me to do it next so that’s what we’re shooting for at the moment."