Why remake a perfect movie? That’s the question that often floats in one ear and out the other. Here’s the answer… if this film is foreign, nobody will show up to see it. [REC] is a perfect example and not a single person I know outside of the horror circle knows that the film was remade at QUARANTINE. So the safe can be said about Let the Right One In, which is critically praised and still could never make the big bucks at the box office. Hence the reason Matt Reeves is directing a remake for Overture Pictures. Inside you can read a bit about his plans for remaking one of this year’s best movies.
MTV breaks down their conversation with Matt Reeves:
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.”