Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), the remake of the hit 2008 Swedish film “Let The Right One In, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in a New Mexico town in the early 1980s.
The rights for the English-language film adaptation were acquired at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, where the original won the “Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature.”
The decision to make a new film adaptation has been criticized by Tomas Alfredson, the director of the original Swedish film. He has stated on numerous occasions that he is not in favor of remaking his film. “If one should remake a film, it’s because the original is bad. And I don’t think mine is”, he said. Writer Ajvide Lindqvist, on the other hand, says that Reeves told him that he “will make a new film based on the book, and not remake the Swedish film” and so “it’ll be something completely different, but it’s going to be really interesting to see.
In adapting the film, a few adjustments were made, such as changing the names of the protagonists to Owen and Abby, and moving the setting from the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg to “a small New Mexico town.
Producer Simon Oakes has made it clear that the plot of Let Me In will closely resemble that of the original film, except that it will be made “very accessible to a wider audience”; “If you say ‘remake’, I think that’s true to say. That’s what it is. It’s not a reimagining. [It has] the same beats, maybe the scares are a little bit more scary. We’ve been able to ramp that up quite a lot, obviously for budgetary reasons.