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Let the Kodi in?

Jul. 13, 2009by: Omar Aviles

Kodi Smit-McPhee The cool peeps over at "Moviehole" were digging through a newspaper called "The Herald Sun" and caught an interview with young THE ROAD actor Kodi Smit-McPhee where he mentioned that he's up for a role in the upcoming Matt Reeves directed horror drama LET ME IN, a remake of the hit Swedish indie horror drama LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. The story centers on a young boy who befriends a young vampire in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s so presumably McPhee will be playing the young boy. The deal isn't done just yet but McPhee is reportedly optimistic about his chances. He's currently filming the drama LOVE AND MORTAR with "Chuck" babe Yvonne Strahovski and will next be seen in the aforementioned THE ROAD, if the Weinstein's ever decide to release it.

Extra Tidbit: McPhee acted opposite Eric Bana in ROMULUS, MY FATHER.
Source: Moviehole

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2:31PM on 07/13/2009
Watch the original film already on dvd. This remake will suck!
Watch the original film already on dvd. This remake will suck!
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11:53PM on 07/13/2009

*sigh*

Interesting conversation as usual, but I don't like the implication that "casual" American viewers are discriminating against a movie because it has subtitles. If you want to blame anyone blame the distributer for only releasing it in 53 theaters and giving it a rather subpar dvd release (horribly butchered subs).

With the remake the movie will get a 2000+ release and be an excellent advert to the original for those "casual" movie viewers. A win-win situation... if the movie doesn't suck.
Interesting conversation as usual, but I don't like the implication that "casual" American viewers are discriminating against a movie because it has subtitles. If you want to blame anyone blame the distributer for only releasing it in 53 theaters and giving it a rather subpar dvd release (horribly butchered subs).

With the remake the movie will get a 2000+ release and be an excellent advert to the original for those "casual" movie viewers. A win-win situation... if the movie doesn't suck.
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8:27PM on 07/13/2009

No pic of Strahovski?

Lame.
Lame.
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7:27PM on 07/13/2009

smooveluv...

"Just because something is adapted or remade, doesn't doom it to sucking."

Of course not, but I think there's a massive degree of cultural imperialism in America. The signs would be good with the director of Cloverfield on board, but on the other hand, the success of Twilight doesn't bode well for the translation to an American setting.
Although I think you've hit the nail on the head for the plus side of the argument, I'm personally not so excited about this remake because it is so
"Just because something is adapted or remade, doesn't doom it to sucking."

Of course not, but I think there's a massive degree of cultural imperialism in America. The signs would be good with the director of Cloverfield on board, but on the other hand, the success of Twilight doesn't bode well for the translation to an American setting.
Although I think you've hit the nail on the head for the plus side of the argument, I'm personally not so excited about this remake because it is so unnecessary. If people are prepared to discriminate against a foreign film because it's subtitled, I honestly believe they don't deserve to see it, in any iteration. But that's just me.
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5:21PM on 07/13/2009

I'll tell you why people think this is a bad idea...

I'm currently three quarters of the way through the novel, having watched the original film a month ago.

The reason why I, along with many others, are so against the idea of this film in particular being remade is that the original film was really quite superb and (as far as I can tell being so far into the novel) is extremely faithful to the source material. So much so that there is no logical point in remaking it other than for giving those Americans who are scared of subtitles a chance to
I'm currently three quarters of the way through the novel, having watched the original film a month ago.

The reason why I, along with many others, are so against the idea of this film in particular being remade is that the original film was really quite superb and (as far as I can tell being so far into the novel) is extremely faithful to the source material. So much so that there is no logical point in remaking it other than for giving those Americans who are scared of subtitles a chance to see the story.

Now, I understand this idea, and I am not an American myself… but I have a hard time believing that there are any Americans reading this site who aren’t incredibly offended by this. The original film is excellent; the story is all there (minus a few plot lines that were removed for obvious reasons) and it is every bit as dark as it needs to be. Do we really need the same tale told in English, possibly removing some of the darker elements of the story, JUST so that money can be made and a few more [link] people can experience it?

I for one don’t think so.
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4:43PM on 07/13/2009
I think most of us judging this movie so harshly comes from our (acceptable) hatred of remakes. Yeah, so it was a book... I didn't read it, and I'm guessing that most of the movie's fan base (horror aficionados) haven't either.

So whether or not this movie turns out to be good, better than the original, or god awful, it shouldn't be surprising that our preliminary opinions are going to be mostly against it.
I think most of us judging this movie so harshly comes from our (acceptable) hatred of remakes. Yeah, so it was a book... I didn't read it, and I'm guessing that most of the movie's fan base (horror aficionados) haven't either.

So whether or not this movie turns out to be good, better than the original, or god awful, it shouldn't be surprising that our preliminary opinions are going to be mostly against it.
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4:15PM on 07/13/2009

it will suck?

Right, because Cloverfield was so awful. I can at least see the benefit of bringing a foreign language film to audiences that would otherwise not see it.

Just because something is adapted or remade, doesn't doom it to sucking. By that argument, the original film must suck, since its an adaptation of a book - and an adaptation that took quite a few liberties with the story.

You can prejudge all the media you want based on some snide set of fanbody codes. I'll stick to the boring old
Right, because Cloverfield was so awful. I can at least see the benefit of bringing a foreign language film to audiences that would otherwise not see it.

Just because something is adapted or remade, doesn't doom it to sucking. By that argument, the original film must suck, since its an adaptation of a book - and an adaptation that took quite a few liberties with the story.

You can prejudge all the media you want based on some snide set of fanbody codes. I'll stick to the boring old fashion method, of waiting to see it, and judge it on its own merits.
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4:15PM on 07/13/2009
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4:14PM on 07/13/2009
Don't know much about the kid, but I agree with Midnight Angel. Just watch the original! It's fantastic!
Don't know much about the kid, but I agree with Midnight Angel. Just watch the original! It's fantastic!
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8:17PM on 07/13/2009
The original film is one of the best horror movies of the last 15-20 years.

The remake sure has an uphill battle ahead of it. The crucial casting will be that of the girl (who's character's name escapes me).
The original film is one of the best horror movies of the last 15-20 years.

The remake sure has an uphill battle ahead of it. The crucial casting will be that of the girl (who's character's name escapes me).
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