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Let Me In – New photo of Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-Mcphee

Posted by LiveFor on May 9, 2010

Here is a new image from the Let the Right One In remake by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). It shows Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road). It actually doesn’t look too bad.

The LA Times had the pic and an interview with Reeves.

A respectful devotee of both the original novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist as well as the first film, Reeves understands the concerns of those with strong feelings for the original. He had his own reservations about the remake and corresponded with Lindqvist, who also wrote the script for “Let The Right One In,” before taking on the project.

“I think because of ‘Cloverfield,’ people have an assumption, which is, ‘Oh, crazy handicam, he’s going to jazz it up,’ “
Reeves said. “And I think that’s probably what a lot of people were afraid of when they thought of the most cynical version. And that’s the last thing we tried to do. We tried to create the approaching, foreboding dread of movies like ‘The Shining,’ where you feel like something wicked is unraveling and it’s not going to end well. That’s what I responded to about the original, the juxtaposition of those tones, this very disturbing story but at the center of it there are these very tender emotions. That’s a very unusual mix, and that’s what drew me in and dug into me.”

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Let Me In – Remake of Let the Right One In gets a release date

Posted by LiveFor on January 7, 2010

The remake has a release date of October 1, 2010. Let Me In is directed by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Chloe Moretz), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Step Brothers, Cabin in the Woods).

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

I think she could be a Vampire!

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Let Me In – Poster for the Let The Right One In remake

Posted by LiveFor on January 3, 2010

Directed by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves and starring Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) as the vampire and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) will play the boy in the remake of the Swedish classic.

This is supposedly due out this year. Still not sure whether this needed to be remade. Especially so close to the original. Plus I think the Swedish setting worked so well in the original.

What are your thoughts on the original and the remake?

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The Road – TV Spot – Changed Forever

Posted by LiveFor on November 7, 2009

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The Road – New trailer

Posted by LiveFor on November 1, 2009

Good to see a bit more of the adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant novel. However, it does seem to show many of the major beats of the story so watch with care as here be spoilers.

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The Road – New Poster

Posted by LiveFor on October 22, 2009

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Let The Right One In remake gets its cast

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2009

lettheKodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Oscar®-nominee Richard Jenkins will headline the cast of Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ adaptation of Let the Right One In, when principal photography begins this fall in New Mexico. The announcement was made today by Hammer Films Co-CEO’s Simon Oakes and Nigel Sinclair, as well as Overture Films CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett.

Director Reeves (Cloverfield) has cast Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Moretz (500 Days of Summer) in the two lead adolescent roles of Owen and Abby for the eagerly awaited horror feature. Jenkins will play the lead adult character known as Hakan in the original film.

Based on the bestselling Swedish novel, Lat den Ratte Komma In, by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let Me In is a contemporary vampire tale about a young boy who befriends a girl new to his neighborhood. The film is a remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film, Lat den Ratte Komma In, also known as, Let the Right One In.

Hammer acquired the remake rights to Let the Right One In at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival where the film took home the Founders Award® for Best Narrative Feature, and has fast-tracked the film for a November 2009 start date. The film is a Hammer Films production with a projected 2010 release in the U.S. by Overture Films. Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution of the film.

Producing the film are Hammer’s Simon Oakes, Guy East and Nigel Sinclair and Oscar®-winner Donna Gigliotti. Hammer’s Alex Brunner and Tobin Armbrust will executive produce along with John Ptak, Philip Elway and Fredrik Malmberg. Overture’s Robert Kessel, EVP Production & Acquisitions, will oversee production for the studio. Swedish producers John Nordling and Carl Molinder, who produced the original film, are also involved as producers on this remake.

The Australian-born Smit-McPhee, 13, stars alongside Viggo Mortensen in The Road, a film festival favorite due out in November. He previously earned the AFI Young Actor’s Award® in 2007 for his role in Romulus, My Father.

Moretz, 12, will star in the much –talked-about Kick-Ass next spring and previously appeared in (500) Days of Summer and The Amityville Horror. She has been nominated each of the past three years for a Young Artist Award®.

Jenkins first worked with Overture on The Visitor, for which he earned a Best Actor Oscar® nomination last year. His recent work includes Burn After Reading, Step Brothers and television’s “Six Feet Under.” He is due to star in several upcoming projects including the much-anticipated The Cabin in the Woods, Dear John and Eat, Pray, Love.

It was announced last year that Reeves will write and direct Let Me In. In addition to the box office hit Cloverfield, Reeves’ directing credits include the comedy The Pallbearer, starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow, and the hit television show “Felicity,” starring Keri Russell, which he co-created and executive produced along with partner J.J. Abrams.

“Kodi, Chloe, and Richard are my absolute dream cast,” says Reeves. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”

Let Me In is the first film in a two-picture co-production, financing and distribution agreement between Overture Films and Exclusive Media Group, the parent company of Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures.

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Halloween 3D has a director and Children of the Corn to be remade

Posted by LiveFor on September 8, 2009

children-of-the-corn-child-cultBob Weinstein is hoping to add a whole new dimension to genre label Dimension Films with artier fare such as Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, while staying true to the company’s core audience with a new version of Stephen King’s The Children of the Corn and the third part of its revamped “Halloween” franchise in 3-D.

“I can work with my brother Harvey on the artistic side of the film, which has the potential for awards,” Bob Weinstein told Variety. “There are also people out there who may not have read the book but would love the aspects that deal with the basic survival story and are like an action thriller.”

The Weinstein Co. is planning a domestic Thanksgiving release for the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.

However, the company isn’t about to give up on the genre pics that have brought it such success over the years.

Weinstein has tapped Ehren Kruger (“The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) to adapt Stephen King short story “Children of the Corn,” which tells the story of a boy preacher who persuades the children in a Nebraska town to kill all the adults. “Corn” was previously made into a feature in 1984 by New World Pictures.

“We felt the New World film was a missed opportunity,” said Weinstein. “If you read the short story, it’s got such a strong feeling to it and there’s this religious overtone to it as well. Ehren wants to hit it hard. It’s popular in Hollywood to say you re-envisioning a project but a lot of the time they’re just carbon copying the original. We are bringing something new to the story.”

Weinstein is also in negotiations with Patrick Lussier (“My Bloody Valentine”) to write and direct a third “Halloween” franchise in 3-D. Weinstein is hoping to release the pic next summer.

“Our core business is always going to be family films like ‘Spy Kids,’ comedies like ‘Scary Movie’ or horror films,” added Weinstein. “I’m not going to start making ‘Shakespeare in Love’ but if something like ‘The Road’ comes along then I’ll do it.”

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The Road – New posters. Bleakness turned all the way up to 11

Posted by LiveFor on September 5, 2009

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The Road, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on September 3, 2009

The Road father and Son
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Viggo Mortenson, Kodi Smit-McPhee

This review by Xan Brooks of The Guardian – Warning spoilers ahead if you’ve not read the book.

The implicit message of McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic fable is that we are all already halfway down The Road. It is perhaps telling that the film’s makers chose to reject computer-generated effects in favour of shooting at real American locations: the ghost neighbourhoods of Pittsburgh, the “Abandoned Pennsylvania Highway”, and the suburbs of a storm-ravaged New Orleans.

Hillcoat’s drama follows the trudging progress of two unnamed survivors of an unnamed catastrophe – a man (played by Viggo Mortensen) and his 10-year-old son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) – as they plough south and forage for food. But the way ahead is fraught with danger and provisions are few and far between. In the end all they have (and by implication, all the rest of us have) is each other.

What a haunting, harrowing, powerful film this is. Before last night’s premiere there were rumours that its lengthy post-production period (the movie was actually shot back in February 2008) spelled signs of a troubled, sickly production. By and large, those fears have now proved to be unfounded.

Admittedly, in dramatising McCarthy’s bare-bones prose, Hillcoat sometimes runs the risk of over-dramatising (I could have done without the plaintive music and the unnecessary slabs of explanatory voice-over). But no amount of window-dressing can distract from the tale’s pure, all-consuming horror. In one particularly chilling scene, father and son stumble upon a pleasant, well-kept home on the outskirts of town. The house, it transpires, is commanded by a gang of cannibals that farms human beings in the cellar beneath the kitchen.

At such moments The Road paints a brutal portrait of a dying planet stalked by starving, desperate men. And yet there is a tenderness here too, and it shows its hand in the subtle, moving interplay between the two main characters. Mortensen is perfectly cast as the gaunt, wasted hero, while Smit-McPhee copes well with a demanding role as his soulful offspring, forever willing to share his meagre meal. Although they walk together, we have the sense that these two are ultimately headed in opposite directions. Born into the old world, Mortensen’s father starts out strong and then starts to fade. Born into the new, his son grows in stature and picks up the baton. He presses on down the road, hungry, filthy and wonderfully sane; a glimmer of hope for the human race.

Check out the full review

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