Posted on Sunday, September 21st, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Yesterday I wrote about an incredible film called Let The Right One In (read here). A lot of readers have written in to share their love for this film festival favorite. And among the responses, Reamwe also received some noteworthy updates.
Neoufo51 called Magnet Releasing and found out the film will be released on DVD on March 10th 2009.
I also contacted Magnet reguarding the film’s theatrical release, and they told me that the film will be released in New York City and Los Angeles on October 24th. In the weeks following, the movie will roll out into more cities. I’m not sure what cities exactly, but I’d guess that chances are good if you have a Landmark Theater in your city (as Magnolia/Magnet and Landmark have a distribution relationship).
Also, /Film reader Brian noticed that IMDB has a listing for another movie with the Let The Right One In title. Turns out that Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures has acquired the english-language remake rights for a reported seven-figures. A projected 2010 date was announced, but no director or writer has been named. I’m not sure an American or British remake would capture the magic and sweetness of the original Swedish film. It would be too easy to turn the story into your typical horror film, or even worse, a Twilight like teen romance. I hope that doesn’t happen.
Official Plot Synopsis: A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy’s wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him with her father. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn’t seem affected by the freezing temperatures.
Coinciding with Eli’s arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. Blood seems to be the common denominator – and for an introverted boy like Oskar, who is fascinated by gruesome stories, it doesn’t take long before he figures out that Eli is a vampire. But by now a subtle romance has blossomed between Oskar and Eli, and she gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. Oskar becomes increasingly aware of the tragic, inhuman dimension of Eli’s plight, but cannot bring himself to forsake her. Frozen forever in a twelve-year-old’s body, with all the burgeoning feelings and confused emotions of a young adolescent, Eli knows that she can only continue to live if she keeps on moving. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can …