Tuesday, January 19, 2010

'Let Me In' Is 'Darker' Than 'Twilight,' Director Matt Reeves Says

Matt Reeves knows he has a target on his back. The director admits as much roughly two minutes into a conversation about his upcoming film, "Let Me In." That's what happens when your movie: A) takes on the pop-cultural theme-du-jour of vampires, and B) remakes a beloved flick that pretty much everyone agrees is as perfect as genre filmmaking gets.

After helming the inventive disaster adventure "Cloverfield," Reeves built up the Hollywood cred to buy himself some breathing room for his tale of childhood alienation, improbable yet vital friendship and, yup, the bloodsucking undead. Based on a 2008 Swedish film, Reeves' adaptation (due in October) shifts the story to the bleak winter landscape of New Mexico but maintains the original's horror-genre elements. We're so pumped about the film's potential that we've tagged Reeves as one of our 10 to Watch in 2010 — the folks in the movie industry we expect big things from in the next 12 months.

During some downtime on set, Reeves gave MTV News a call to talk about reworking a cult classic, contending with other vampire franchises and what's coming down the line this year and beyond for the director.

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Keyse said...

wait...is this based on Let the Right One In?!!!! Sigh...when will America stop remaking awesome foreign films? Le Sigh

Erin said...

Keyse is right on! Ack!

Sharon said...

I bought Cloverfield thinking it would be great and after 15 minutes I turned it off and donated it to my library. I get migraines and that whole "Blair Witch" filming technique is a killer for me.