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'Let Me In' Director Matt Reeves Weighs His Next Options, Hopes To Make 'The Invisible Woman' Soon

by Oliver Lyttelton
January 27, 2011 3:36 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: This time last year, we were being pretty vociferous in our opposition to Matt Reeves' "Let Me In." As an Americanized remake of a recent, widely acclaimed Swedish film, "Let The Right One In," it seemed to symbolize everything that's wrong with contemporary cinema, and we were dreading the thing. This means we've been left happily eating crow for the past few months after the film hit last fall and turned out to be terrific: deeply personal, beautifully crafted on every level and yes, superior to the original.

It marked the arrival of a major directing talent in Reeves, who made a mark with his sophomore directorial feature, the J.J. Abrams produced monster movie "Cloverfield," but showed enormous growth in his sophomore effort: almost every time a hot directing project has come up around town, including, "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies," "Superman" and "The Wolverine," Reeves' name has been mentioned, although he's yet to sign to anything.

The Playlist managed to talk to Reeves yesterday to get the skinny on what might be next, and while he doesn't appear to be any closer to a decision, there were some useful tidbits. Firstly, despite reports of a sequel to the modest hit "Cloverfield," that doesn't seem to be happening any time soon. "Well, 'Cloverfield 2' we haven't really decided what that would be yet," Reeves told us. "So that won't be next." We can't say we're surprised -- with Reeves being so in demand, we can't imagine a return to the found-footage genre being particularly enticing considering how virally that technique has spread into common movie grammar.

Instead, Reeves is spending his time fielding various offers, as well as trying to get a long-time dream project, the period drama "The Invisible Woman," off the ground: "But 'Invisible Woman' I'm trying really hard to pull together. And I'm also reading a lot of scripts. One of the great things about the reception of ['Let Me In'] is that there are a lot of interesting projects being sent my way. So I'm reading stuff and hopefully in the next couple of months I'll choose exactly what I'm going to do and probably try and find a way to marry, with the schedule, a way to do 'The Invisible Woman' as well. So that's what I would love to do."

It certainly sounds like Reeves is cooking up a plan and that he would consider helming a big studio film to leverage a way to get his passion project off the ground, but we've already got a penny jar labeled "The Invisible Woman" in the Playlist office just in case. Despite sounding like a genre picture, "The Invisible Woman" is in fact a Hitchcockian thriller, mixed with a character drama, which at one stage had Naomi Watts attached, although that's no longer the case.

There were no hints at what offers might be coming Reeves' way, but with Mike White vacating the "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" director's chair recently, it's possible that Lionsgate might make another approach. Meanwhile, with J.J. Abrams still unconfirmed (and potentially wavering) as the director for "Star Trek 2," it's feasible that he could turn to his longtime cohort if he decides not to make that film, which should go before cameras this summer. In the meantime, "Let Me In" hits DVD & Blu-Ray next Tuesday, February 1st, and even if you were one of the many who missed in theaters, it's worth picking up sight unseen. -- Reporting by Drew Taylor


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8 Comments

  • Ecorveontee Baylis | October 21, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    plz make a let me in prt 2 i loved youre movie.

  • MDL | January 28, 2011 12:37 AMReply

    Tomaaato - Tomauauauto.

  • rotch | January 27, 2011 9:48 AMReply

    Nothing ambiguous @Rashad?

    In the original the relationship between Hakan and Eli is never spelled out. You never know if Oskar is bound to end up as helpless as him, or if the nature of their relationship is different. Let Me In basically spells this out when Owen finds the photo-booth strip of Abby and a young Richard Jenkins. In Let the Right One In the whole thing is more open ended. If you're an optimist, there might still be hope for Oskar yet.

    There's also the whole thing about Oskar's visit to his father, and how uncomfortable the whole things gets when his father's friend arrives. Is he his lover? How does this reflect on Oskar? Does this play on Oskar acceptance that Eli "is not a girl"? (an issue Let Me In totally shies away from)

    Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate the remake as I expected. I liked a bunch of stuff in it. Specially Kodi Smit-McPhee, who really does a better job than his Swedish counterpart. And the rest of the cast does really good to. But most of the best stuff is copied straight out of the original. Like the great in-the-pool climax. It's sad that subtitle fearing Americans will think that Reeves came up with that.

    Overall I find Let Me In a competent but truly unnecessary film.

  • Rashad | January 27, 2011 7:41 AMReply

    "It shies away from some of it’s most interesting ideas and it spells out all the great ambiguities."

    There's nothing ambiguous about the original. Nothing at all.


    Let Me In is certainly superior

  • RT Jones | January 27, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    Reeves certainly showed his technical ability with Let Me In. However, that movie remains an unsubtle copy of the superior Let the Right One In. It will be interesting to see if Reeves can, in the future, find some originality to combine with his technique.

  • Paul | January 27, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    It's good to know that the film going public's anemic reception of Let Me In, hasn't dampened the industry's enthusiasm for Reeves. I'm in agreement with you, Let Me In is a better movie than its predecessor. I'm looking forward to its release on disc.

  • rotch | January 27, 2011 3:58 AMReply

    Please stop saying that Let Me In is better than the original.

    I was planning on skipping it altogether and I just saw it because of your love for the film. I was really disappointed.

    It a a competent, interesting, tame, and extremely unnecessary version of the original. It shies away from some of it's most interesting ideas and it spells out all the great ambiguities.

    Yes, the acting and music are great. But I don't think those are reasons enough to justify it's existence.

  • Alex L | January 27, 2011 3:56 AMReply

    It's a common misconception that the dire Cloverfield was Reeves' first film - in fact his debut was the forgotten David Schwimmer 'comedy' The Pallbearer. Neither of which prepared us for the, as you say, exemplary Let Me In.

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