UPDATE: So, this rumor has been debunked as pure fiction. Sucks, right? So much for that optimism; this remake is back in unbridled pessimism.
There’s no point for me to squawk on and on about how unnecessary an American remake of Tomas Alfredson’s magnificent Let the Right One In (2008) is, so I’ll spare my fingers the effort it’d take to type such venom. It’s a crap idea, one that’s instantly confirmed in its lameness when you consider that it’ll be renamed simply Let Me In. Which is horrible. And I have to wait until next week to see John Hillcoat’s adaptation of The Road, so I can’t say whether young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has the skills required to carry the stateside redo.
At this point, the only thing that’s leaving me somewhat hopeful for the remake, which will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, a tightly-handled winner that I do love, so I’m not totally anti-Reeves), is today’s news that the great Philip Seymour Hoffman may very well end up co-starring in the new version. Nothing seems to be official, but rumors are surfacing that many feel have validity. If this turns out to be legit, Hoffman better be lined up for the role of vampire-girl’s handler/errand-man; a character who’d hopefully be given more breathing room once in Hoffman’s control. Since this isn’t official just yet, I’ll leave it at that.
The moment that Hoffman jumps aboard for real, Let Me In will begin its image-improvement process.
News spotted over at: /Film
After the jump, a SPOILER-ific scene that exemplifies the brilliance of Let the Right One In, as well as a couple bonuses: