After kissing Twilight‘s arse for way too long, director Matt Reeves reveals in an interview over at MTV that Let Me In, his English-language redo of Let The Right One In, will be much darker and scarier than the Stephenie Meyers’ adaptation. It sure as hell better be! Beyond the break you can read a few tid-bits from the interview. Overture Films has slated Let Me In for release on October 1, 2010.
One of the main things I know readers are worried about is how different this will be from the original. Reeves says he’ll find his own piece to bring to the tale:
“One of the things I really wanted to do was find my own way into the story while still being very, very reverent to the beautiful film and to the wonderful story that they created,” Reeves tells MTV. “And so the story in many ways follows the same trajectory. I really wanted to put you, even more so, into the point of view of the boy and understand his childhood as vividly as it comes across in the book.”
On avoiding comparison to TWILIGHT:
“I think that it has obviously really touched a nerve and tapped into a very, very deep vein. To me, the thing about genre stories that is the most interesting thing is what you do with the metaphor of the genre. You can do a grand, sweeping love story, like “Twilight,” and use that metaphor of the two people that are just being torn apart and the aching-ness of it, and that’s a great fantasy. I think that what people respond to in “Twilight” is the fantasy of it. It’s such a grand, romantic fantasy, and in a way, the reason why I think there is room for a film like ours is, though it’s a vampire film, it uses it in such a different way.”
He continues, “Whereas “Twilight” is kind of a fantasy, this will be a darker, scarier kind of journey. Obviously, “True Blood” is also really big these days too, and that’s a different thing using the sexual side. I think it’s really about what sort of emphasis the story takes and how you use the metaphor. The amazing thing about genre films is the way to smuggle in different kinds of themes and things worthy of exploration. I think what so struck me about this story is that what it is exploring is so different and so real.“