The American fanbase of the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In are all still holding their collective breath, as the U.S. remake goes into post-production and gets ready to try and prove that an American remake wasn't a horrible, horrible idea. To begin that campaign, the movie's producer Simon Oakes got on the phone with journalists, including Cinematical, to talk about their plans for the new film.
First of all, and perhaps most importantly for some fans, the movie will likely be R-rated, which means much of the blood and violence perpetrated by and around children will carry over from the original. Really, the central idea seems to be to stick as closely to the original as possible:
Frankly, [you must] not muck about the basic tenets of the story, which is important. More than anything else, stay true to the imagery and mystique and the mythology of the original, and set it in the right time as well, not update it in terms of its timing. Set it in that [early '80s] era.
There will be some changes, though, and if anything the film may be made even scarier in order to appeal to a broader horror audience:
If you call it a faithful remake, I think that's true to say that's what it is. It's not a re-imagining; the same beats [are there]. Maybe the scares are a little bit more scary. We haven't been able to ramp that up quite a lot, obviously, for budgetary reasons. We've played a little bit with some of the chronology, without giving too much away.
Oakes's full interview is really informative for fans of the original film and worth a read. As the post-production process continues I'm sure we'll start seeing a lot more about the film, which stars Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Keep those fingers crossed for good measure.