It was announced last week that CLOVERFIELD director Matt Reeves would be getting behind the camera for a remake of Let the Right One In for Hammer and Overture Films. Tomas Alfredson, the director of the original film hitting theaters October 24th from Magnet Releasing, talked a bit to MovieZine.se about his thoughts on remaking the film, which don’t sound all that optimistic.
MovieZine.se writes in:
“Several weeks before the Swedish premiere of horror flick Let the right one in, plans are being made of a remake helmed by Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”).
Director Thomas Alfredson doesn’t seem all too happy, when MovieZine.se asks him. Why can’t they just read the subtitles?, he wonders.
– 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.
– I don’t like to whine, but of course – if you’d spent years on painting a picture, you’d hate to hear buzz about a copy even before your vernissage!”
What do you guys think? I would argue that most American won’t see a foreign film, especially if it’s subtitled. [REC] is a fantastic movie, but how many people will see it versus QUARANTINE, which is in English? I’m all for remaking foreign films, especially if you can do it good. And even if it ends up sucking, it doesn’t mean the original will be looked at the same way.