If you haven’t heard by now, there was an uproar when it was announced that Tomas Alfredson’s incredible Let The Right One In would be remade for an American audience the same year it was released. Based on the acclaimed Swedish novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Alfredson’s film was a critical darling but it failed to make much money. Now that Matt Reeves’ remake Let Me In has been released (read my review here) to critical praise of its own, Lindqvist has written a note to Reeves in praise of the film. Hit the jump for an excerpt of the clip and a preview of what is to come.
Lindqvist has always been in support of the remake as he trusted in Reeves’ vision and connection with the novel. Although the film wasn’t a commercial smash to this point (only producing $5.2 million), the film is a worthy reimagining of both the original film and the novel. Along with the critical praise, Reeves received a note from Lindqvist and you can see a few excerpts MTV picked up in which Lindqvist explains how proud he is to have two different but similarly excellent films based on his own novel.
In Lindqvist’s own words:
“I might just be the luckiest writer alive. To have not only one, but two excellent versions of my debut novel done for the screen feels unreal. Let the Right One In is a great Swedish movie. Let Me In is a great American movie. There are notable similarities, and the spirit of Tomas Alfredson is present. But Let Me In puts the emotional pressure in different places and stands firmly on its own legs. Like the Swedish movie, it made me cry, but not at the same points. Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful. Again.”
While Lindqvist certainly has a lot of praise for Reeves’ version, I want to open the floor later tonight to discuss the differences between all three stories and what each brought to the table. Look for a spoiler-laden review of the differences and similarities later tonight to hopefully spark some discussion.