My name’s Erika Olson, remember. My ancestors hail from the land that brought you IKEA, ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, lingonberry jam and lutfisk (which, admittedly, might just be the nastiest stuff ever.) And guess what else the Swedes delivered in the more recent past? Stiegg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy of novels, the first (and most likely best) adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and in 2004, a dark, haunting book by John Ajvide Lindqvist entitled Let the Right One In. It was a bestseller in its home country, but not many people knew about it stateside until it was adapted for the big screen by Swedish director Tomas Alfredson and made the rounds in limited release at the end of 2008.
Even though I’m usually a scaredy-cat, I’d heard such good things about the film that I forced myself to see it (here’s my review). It ended up being in my Top Ten for the year, and I still find myself thinking about young Oskar and Eli every now and then. Well, I’m actually thinking about them a lot recently, because the American version (the original was in Swedish with English subtitles) is coming out on October 1.
That’s right, not only is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo being remade for us Yanks (Daniel Craig has been secured as Mikael Blomkvist, and four relatively unknown actresses are in the running for Lisbeth) — Let the Right One In: For Those Who Can’t Read is already in the can. Cloverfield director Matt Reeves was the one to take on the project, which was renamed Let Me In (because the suits thought the original title was too long — I’m not making this up!)… and now we have a trailer:
So, um… yeah. The above looks exactly the same as the original. Except the cast speaks English. I can only hope that this remake inspires people to seek out Alfredson’s film, because my gut is that the Americanization is going to equate to “losing the magic.” But we’ll see. I do like Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee, so I’m not writing it off just yet. (And let me be clear: I think the trailer was just fine, it’s just bugging me that Reeves brought absolutely nothing new to it, from what I can tell.)
And if you couldn’t care less about any of this because you’ve had it up to here with blood-suckers, then here’s a trailer just for you: