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Let the Hoffman out

Sep. 24, 2009by: Tony Lang

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It's no secret that I hold Tomas Alfredson's LET THE RIGHT ONE IN in great esteem, so the recent casting rumors about Matt Reeves' American remake, called (stupidly if you ask me) LET ME IN, got me wide-eyed and praying it'd be true. But sadly...

Reports spread like swine flu yesterday that Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be onboard as the character called in the book and original film Hakan - since they're changing the two main characters' names, safe to assume this one will probably end up being called Sam or Bill. Or Moreno.

BUT, the folks at Slash Film got wind from Overture Films that the Hoffman casting was brilliant but also akin to Megan Fox as Catwoman. They didn't however deny reports of THE ROAD's Kody Smith McPhee playing Owen (originally Oskar) while vampire Abby (or Eli) will be Chloe Morentz, the no-nonsense little sister from 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. Another movie I can't gush enough about.

Official news on the film's casting is expected by the end of the week according to Overture. Any speculation until then?

Extra Tidbit: To be fair, the remake's title was also the title given to the book by North American publishers. Not that it makes it better.
Source: Slash Film

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4:49AM on 09/24/2009
Honestly, do we really need this? The first one is perfect as is. What is the American market gonna do to make this better, make the girl vampire walk around during the day and attend school with the boy and be his lover/bodyguard. Then have them play baseball for no reason and then have a love triangle with wolf girl. COME ON!
Honestly, do we really need this? The first one is perfect as is. What is the American market gonna do to make this better, make the girl vampire walk around during the day and attend school with the boy and be his lover/bodyguard. Then have them play baseball for no reason and then have a love triangle with wolf girl. COME ON!
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10:18AM on 09/24/2009

Hmmm

Can't possibly be worse than TWILIGHT! Edward here's some food for thought.Bite Bella and make her yours...commit man...commit!
Can't possibly be worse than TWILIGHT! Edward here's some food for thought.Bite Bella and make her yours...commit man...commit!
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10:22AM on 09/24/2009
The casting so far is interesting but with Matt Reeves directing we can expect the film to be shot from the point of view of the little boy, walking around with his camcorder.

Unfunny jokes aside, the original was great, and a remake isnt necessarily needed, but it'll be more accessible for people who cant stand subtitles - such a shame - and maybe they'll realize Twilight is crap compared to this.
The casting so far is interesting but with Matt Reeves directing we can expect the film to be shot from the point of view of the little boy, walking around with his camcorder.

Unfunny jokes aside, the original was great, and a remake isnt necessarily needed, but it'll be more accessible for people who cant stand subtitles - such a shame - and maybe they'll realize Twilight is crap compared to this.
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10:33AM on 09/24/2009

@ cupajoe

I agree that the original film adaptation doesn't need improving on, but that's not what it is about. You can judge American moviegoers till the cows come home, but the reality is the large majority of film audiences will not go see a foreign language film (with notable exceptions like last emperor of china and crouching tiger proving the rule).

From a studio's perspective, its not about topping the film - they see a good story that did very well in its native audience, but is hamstrung
I agree that the original film adaptation doesn't need improving on, but that's not what it is about. You can judge American moviegoers till the cows come home, but the reality is the large majority of film audiences will not go see a foreign language film (with notable exceptions like last emperor of china and crouching tiger proving the rule).

From a studio's perspective, its not about topping the film - they see a good story that did very well in its native audience, but is hamstrung from making a profit in the states. Obviously the way to fix that is doing a US version. Your valid perspective as a movie fan to avoid a remake to preserve the sanctity of the original adaptation? That attitude would get a producer shit-canned pretty quickly.

Remake status doesn't condemn a film to mediocrity, but it will of course invite comparison and leave some unhappy fans of the first adaptation. it's worth pointing out many of the details of the book were changed in the first adaptation, and this might be an opportunity to reinclude some of the details - such as the vampire's backstory.

Even if studio heads are just seeing dollar signs, if the right team can get assembled, it can still be a great movie. It's not the remake idea that is bad; it's the value of the intentions of everyone involved. Just look at The Departed.

This type of griping is understandable, but it seems misdirected, or not understanding the motivations behind the remake. It's not about making it better - its about monetizing a potentially profitable property by making it suitable for a new market. Their idea of what the property is - is the story, not the physical film that has already been made.
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1:42PM on 09/24/2009
While a remake may not be necessary, I think many of us can agree that Philly Seymour makes anything and everything THAT much more enjoyable.
While a remake may not be necessary, I think many of us can agree that Philly Seymour makes anything and everything THAT much more enjoyable.
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8:27PM on 09/24/2009

Less snot

While I don't think this film needs to be remade, I won't judge until I see it. One benefit is less snot. Seriously, I know it's cold there, but the kid is twelve! Use a damn tissue!
While I don't think this film needs to be remade, I won't judge until I see it. One benefit is less snot. Seriously, I know it's cold there, but the kid is twelve! Use a damn tissue!
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