When it was announced that Matt Reeves, who burst onto the scene with “Cloverfield”, was helming a remake of the Swedish vampire flick “Let the Right One In” for J.J. Abrams, I think most fanboys on the net were kind of interested. Or at least, it interested enough of them to go out and take a look at the original, which, you would think, is probably a good thing, commercially speaking for all parties involved. Not so much, says Tomas Alfredson, the director of the Swedish original, who is not only not sold on the idea of someone remaking his film, but sounds positively pissed off that it’s actually happening. Which begs the question: Didn’t he own the rights to his own movie? Well probably not. As with Hollywood, no doubt the producers are the Kings of all the film rights.
In an interview with MovieZine, Alfredson says “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 another opinion. The saddest thing for me would be to see that beautiful story made into something mainstream.”
He goes on to say “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 version…Why can’t you just read the subtitles.”
Well duh. Don’t you know, Tomas? Americans are stupid, fat, loud, and lazy, and on top of all that, our public school education is so awful, most of us can’t even read English! Etc etc.
“Let the Right One In” is about a bullied kid who gets a new friend — the girl next door, who just happens to be a very old vampire. The remake, one presumes, will maintain much of that story idea. Hopefully, lest Tomas Alfredson pull his hair out.
Below: Trailer for the Swedish original.