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Let the Right One In director finds his next project in dark children's book The Brothers Lionheart

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The Brothers Lionheart book coverI found LET THE RIGHT ONE IN to not only be one of the best horror stories of the last decade, but also one of the sweetest love stories as well. It was at once both a truly heartbreaking and grin-inducing look at the human condition through the lens of an inhuman anomaly, and an absolutely brilliantly-made film besides.  And while I was dismayed, frustrated, and a disappointed with director Tomas Alfredson's follow-up TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, his next possible project looks to be a definite return to the dark territory of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and I could not be more pleased by that.

Alfredson has purchased the rights to Astrid Lindgren's much-lauded children's book THE BROTHERS LIONHEART, a dark fantasy tale that involves a fantasy world and a dragon and also deals with the same themes of death and abandonment.  LET THE RIGHT ONE IN author John Ajvide Lindquist has been commisioned to take a crack at the screenplay, but as that's all the movement thus far on the project we still have a fair amount of time before anything further can happen. 

You can be assured there'll be more as soon as we hear it on this one.

As per Amazon, here's the book's plot: There's no one Karl Lion loves more than his older brother, Jonathan, who is brave, strong, and handsome - everything Karl believes he is not. Karl never wants to be parted from him. But Karl is sick, and knows he's going to die. To comfort him, Jonathan tells him stories of Nangiyala, the wonderful place he'll be going to when he dies, and where he will wait until Jonathan is ready to join him there. Then the unthinkable happens ...Jonathan is killed in an accident. Heartbroken, Karl longs for the day he'll be reunited with his brother. When the time comes, he finds Nangiyala just as wonderful as he'd imagined. However, Nangiyala is under threat. A cruel tyrant is determined to claim it as his own, and at his command is a terrible beast that is feared throughout the land. Karl must summon all of his courage to help his brother prepare for the battle that lies ahead...

Tomas Alfredson directing TTSS

Extra Tidbit: Anyone out there read LET THE RIGHT ONE IN? I actually think that as good as the book was, the film was far better.

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9:56PM on 05/30/2012
Great, cause of all the fine films made from Lindgren's marvellous stories, this one was weak. The medieval setting looked fake, unlike in Ronja Roeverdatter, and the acting and special effects were not very good. The book isn't that dark, but I guess this new take on it might be.
Great, cause of all the fine films made from Lindgren's marvellous stories, this one was weak. The medieval setting looked fake, unlike in Ronja Roeverdatter, and the acting and special effects were not very good. The book isn't that dark, but I guess this new take on it might be.
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2:06PM on 05/30/2012
Wow, you really DO have lots of "Unpopular Opinion" don't you? LOL Well, all the better for your column Bro...
Wow, you really DO have lots of "Unpopular Opinion" don't you? LOL Well, all the better for your column Bro...
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12:37PM on 05/30/2012
I was impressed with TTSS. I thought it was underrated and Oldman deserved an award. The plot for this sounds interesting, I have faith.
I was impressed with TTSS. I thought it was underrated and Oldman deserved an award. The plot for this sounds interesting, I have faith.
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11:50AM on 05/30/2012
I don't know, there already is a great swedish The Brothers Lionheart movie.. I don't want that one messed with.
I don't know, there already is a great swedish The Brothers Lionheart movie.. I don't want that one messed with.
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10:21AM on 05/30/2012

One of my favorite childhood books!

Very much looking forward to this! And for all you guys who don't know the story and think the synopsis above sounds a bit dark for a childrens novel, be warned it is very dark and disturbing indeed!
Very much looking forward to this! And for all you guys who don't know the story and think the synopsis above sounds a bit dark for a childrens novel, be warned it is very dark and disturbing indeed!
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9:40AM on 05/30/2012
TTSS Is easily the best film of last year. Surprised so many people are so opposed to it. It is a well shot, atmospheric film with an incredible strong cast. What's not to love?
TTSS Is easily the best film of last year. Surprised so many people are so opposed to it. It is a well shot, atmospheric film with an incredible strong cast. What's not to love?
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9:42AM on 05/30/2012
For me, the best films of last year were (in no particular order) DRIVE, SHAME, and THE TREE OF LIFE. I'd probably put TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY at the top of a "Greatest Disappointments of 2011" list though.
For me, the best films of last year were (in no particular order) DRIVE, SHAME, and THE TREE OF LIFE. I'd probably put TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY at the top of a "Greatest Disappointments of 2011" list though.
8:19AM on 05/30/2012
I had the exact same feelings concerning Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The trailers had me so amped, the film looks gorgeous and is pretty much the type of stuff that I normally gobble up. But it just didn't seem to go anywhere and did very little for me.

Having said that, right after I finished it I did get the feeling that I very well might enjoy it a whole lot more upon 2nd viewing.
I had the exact same feelings concerning Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The trailers had me so amped, the film looks gorgeous and is pretty much the type of stuff that I normally gobble up. But it just didn't seem to go anywhere and did very little for me.

Having said that, right after I finished it I did get the feeling that I very well might enjoy it a whole lot more upon 2nd viewing.
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8:55AM on 05/30/2012
Then you are a braver man than I - while I respect Alfredson's technical accomplishment with that film, I really don't think I could induce myself to sit through it again...
Then you are a braver man than I - while I respect Alfredson's technical accomplishment with that film, I really don't think I could induce myself to sit through it again...
10:34AM on 05/30/2012
I know what you mean, but it's just that it's not uncommon for me to borderline hate/dislike a film the 1st time I see it and then love it the 2nd time around.

This was the case with: Gommora, Layer Cake, Kick Ass, 28 Days Later and many more. All films that I'm glad I revisited them.
I know what you mean, but it's just that it's not uncommon for me to borderline hate/dislike a film the 1st time I see it and then love it the 2nd time around.

This was the case with: Gommora, Layer Cake, Kick Ass, 28 Days Later and many more. All films that I'm glad I revisited them.
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