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Let Me In

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Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Simon Oakes
Guy East
Nigel Sinclair
Donna Gigliotti
John Nordling
Carl Molinder
Written by Benjamin Smith
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee
Chloë Moretz
Richard Jenkins
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Studio Hammer Films
Distributed by Overture Films
Release date(s) October 1, 2010[1]
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Let Me In is a 2010 American horror film directed by Matt Reeves, based on the novel Let the Right One In (which was originally published in the United States as Let Me In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It is the second film adaptation of the novel, as in 2008 there was a Swedish film adaptation called Let the Right One In. It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in a New Mexico town in the early 1980s.[2]

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Plot

In adapting the film, a few adjustments were made, such as changing the names of the protagonists to Owen and Abby,[3] and moving the setting from the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg to "a small New Mexico town."[2] Los Alamos County has granted a special request from the film’s director and producer to name the town in the movie “Los Alamos, New Mexico.” [4]

Producer Simon Oakes has made it clear that the plot of Let Me In will closely resemble that of the original film, except that it will be made "very accessible to a wider audience".[5]

Cast

In July 2009, audition tapes were leaked to the Internet, showing Chloë Moretz, Mary Mouser, and Ariel Winter auditioning for the role of the vampire, Abby.[7] Smit-McPhee, in an interview with The Herald Sun, hinted that he may have landed the role as Owen.[8] The casting of Moretz and Smit-McPhee in the leading roles was confirmed on October 1, 2009, along with the addition of Richard Jenkins as Abby's adult companion.[9] In a press release, director Matt Reeves described Smit-McPhee, Moretz and Jenkins as his "absolute dream cast", and added that he "couldn't be more excited to be working with them."[10]

Production

The rights for the English language film adaptation were acquired at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, where the original won the "Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature," and Matt Reeves was quickly introduced as the director.[11] The decision to make a new film adaptation has been criticized by Tomas Alfredson, the director of the Swedish film. He has stated on numerous occasions that he is not in favor of remaking his film.[12] "If one should remake a film, it's because the original is bad. And I don't think mine is", he said.[13] Writer Ajvide Lindqvist, on the other hand, says that Reeves "will make a new film based on the book, and not remake the Swedish film" and so "it'll be something completely different, but it's going to be really interesting to see."[14]

Reeves has expressed his intent to retain the book's early 1980s setting and his admiration for the book and Alfredson's adaptation. "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", he said.[15] In response to the criticism he said, "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 ... I hope people give us a chance."[16] In fact, Reeves said that when he was approached to make this film he said "we shouldn't remake it [the Swedish film]" and just "make our own version" of the novel.[17] The filmmakers have noted that "they intend to forge a unique identity for Let Me In, placing it firmly in an American context", while at the same time paying respect to the original.[2]

Principal photography began in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 2, 2009.[2][18] Filming is scheduled to take place in several different New Mexico locations, before concluding in Albuquerque in January 2010.[2][19] A large section of the film is being filmed at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Release

The film is part of the South by Southwest Film Festival and is narrated by Matt Reeves.[20] It is scheduled to be released on October 1, 2010 in the United States.[21]

References

  1. ^ October 1st Release Date Set for Let Me In
  2. ^ a b c d e "Uncle Creepy" (2009-11-02). "Let Me In Starts Shooting / Casting Update". dreadcentral.com. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/34343/let-me-in-starts-shooting-casting-update. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Hilary (2009-05-13). "Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Chace Crawford For Sale At Cannes". The Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/bruce-willis-jessica-alba-chace-crawford-for-sale-at-cannes-2009-5. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Hollywood comes to Los Alamos High School". Los Alamos Monitor News. 2009-12-20. http://www.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2.cgi?075+article+News+20091219185059075075004. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  5. ^ McCabe, Joseph (2009-07-03). "Exclusive: We Chat with Hammer Chief Simon Oakes about Christopher Lee's Return to Horror and the 'Let the Right One In' Remake!". FEARnet. http://www.fearnet.com/news/b15947_exclusive_we_chat_with_hammer_chief.html. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Let the Right One In (Remake) (2010)". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/454356/Let-the-Right-One-In-Remake-/details. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Uncle Creepy" (2009-07-14). "UPDATED: Let Me In Audition Tapes". Dread Central. http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/32535/exclusive-let-me-audition-tapes. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  8. ^ Morris, Clint (2009-07-11). "Kodi hopes they Let the Right One In". Moviehole. http://www.moviehole.net/200919811-kodi-hopes-they-let-the-right-one-in. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (2009-10-01). "'Right One' gets cast". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118009438.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  10. ^ ""Reeves Casts the Right Ones"". Hammer Films. 2009-10-01. http://www.hammerfilms.com/press/reeves-casts-the-right-ones. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Michael; Dave McNary (2008-09-24). "Matt Reeves bites into 'Right One'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117992833.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  12. ^ Ain't It Cool News. Moriarty Sits Down With Tomas Alfredson, Director Of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!, 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  13. ^ Triches, Robert (2009-03-09). "Tråkigt med nyinspelning" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/film/article4597816.ab. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  14. ^ Ain't It Cool News. The Northlander Sits Down With The Writer Of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!, 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  15. ^ Horowitz, Josh (2008-11-14). "EXCLUSIVE: ‘Cloverfield’ Director Matt Reeves Reveals ‘Let The Right One In’ Remake Details". MTV Movies Blog. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/11/14/exclusive-cloverfield-director-matt-reeves-reveals-let-the-right-one-in-remake-details/. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  16. ^ Olsen, Mark (2009-06-21). "Matt Reeves: From 'Cloverfield' to 'Let The Right One In'". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-hot-reeves21-2009jun21,0,3107911.story. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  17. ^ Harley, David (2010-03-17). "Let Me In: Director Matt Reeves". [[1]]. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/interview/630. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  18. ^ Josh Rottenberg (2009-11-02). "'Let the Right One In' remake begins shooting". Entertainment Weekly. http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/11/02/let-the-right-one-in-remake-begins-shooting/. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  19. ^ http://www.losalamosnm.us/news/Pages/LetMeInFilmingWrapsUpThisWeek.aspx
  20. ^ Interview: Matt Reeves Takes a Bite Out of 'Let Me In'
  21. ^ Overture Films Locks October 1 Release for 'Let Me In'

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