You know how it goes: a foreign movie gets some mainstream appeal, next thing you know a Hollywood executive is planning a sleeker version with actors who say things in English. Dubious improvements must be made; subtitles will not be tolerated. Progress.
One of the latest victims: the Swedish pre-teen vampire sensation Let the Right One In, a film Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been working on re-writing since early last year. He's currently shooting for a fall 2010 release date, and spoke to the LA Times about the project, squelching fears of Twilight-ization I hadn't even thought to have yet:
"I was just hooked," Reeves recalled recently. "I was so taken with the story and I had a very personal reaction. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, with the metaphor that the hard times of your pre-adolescent, early adolescent moment, that painful experience is a horror."
Reeves is also working with casting director Avy Kaufman -- who previously found kids for "The Sixth Sense" and "The Ice Storm" -- to find the two leads, which Reeves vows will not be aged-up to make the film more of a smoldering "Twilight"-style romance.
"There's definitely people who have a real bull's-eye on the film," Reeves said, "and 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, my feeling about it is if I didn't feel a personal connection and feel it could be its own film, I wouldn't be doing it. I hope people give us a chance."
The article also notes the US version's new, more specific title, Let Me In, which I think is probably a good change. We all know the majority of American audiences don't want to think about things too much. No reason to concern them with determining who the "right one" to let in is. Just lay it all on the table: it's me, guys. Let ME in.