Just last week, Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves signed to direct a new film based on the story 8 O’Clock in the Morning, which was once turned into the John Carpenter film They Live. Now he’s signed to adapt another prose property. This time it is Justin Cronin‘s novel The Passage, in which science accidentally creates a host of vampires that nearly wipe out mankind. Ridley Scott was once attached to direct, and he was a more obvious choice than Matt Reeves, whose films so far have told stories on a smaller scale than this.
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Last we heard from director Matt Reeves, he promised that a Cloverfield sequel was coming. That might still be the case, but it won’t be the next film for the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In. Reeves will next write and direct a film based on the Ray Nelson short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning which was also the basis for the cult classic John Carpenter film They Live. In the short story, the main character wakes up one morning and realizes aliens exist and are all around us, we just can’t see them. In Carpenter’s film, characters saw the aliens through the use of glasses but that won’t be the case here and Reeves’ film is not considered a remake. Read more about the film, including quotes from Reeves on how he’ll approach the material differently from Carpenter, after the jump. Read More »
Several years have past since we’ve heard anything about a sequel to the 2008 hit film Cloverfield. Since its release director Matt Reeves made Let Me In, a worthy remake of Let The Right One In, producer J.J. Abrams made another monster blockbuster, Star Trek, and remains in the mysterious movie business with Super 8 while writer Drew Goddard is writing Robopocalypse for Steven Spielberg. Since all the principals are so busy, not much has happened in regards to Cloverfield 2 but in a recent interview, Reeves said “Well, you are going to see it – we just don’t know when.” Read more after the break. Read More »
I evidently need to read the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies script (anyone got it?) because while the idea of inserting zombies in Jane Austen‘s classic story sounds amusing enough to power a bit of sketch comedy, I’m having difficulty coming to terms with it as something that people are jockeying to direct.
The latest contender for the director’s chair, recently abdicated David O. Russell, is School of Rock writer Mike White. Read More »
Yesterday it was reported that Neil Marshall, Mike Newell and David Slade are on the short list of filmmakers being considered to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper circling the lead roles. The Wrap now adds a couple more interesting names to the list:
Jonathan Demme has read the script and wants to direct the movie, but he’s not the only one interested in the job, as TheWrap has learned that Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”), Mike White (“Year of the Dog”) and the “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also in the mix.
I can understand Demme’s interest, but Matt Reeves seems like a more natural fit coming off of Let Me In. Mike White’s humor seems like an odd match for this property, and his directorial debut Year of the Dog left me thinking he should stick to screenwriting. I have yet to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, despite constant encouragement to do so from friends. I’ve heard it’s hilarious. I really liked Lord/Miller’s animated television series Clone High U.S.A., but does their cartoon-like sensibility fit this period zombie film (even if it is a ridiculous comic take?).
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Posted on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 by David Chen
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Somewhere along the line, Director Matt Reeves had seen our coverage of Let Me In, and had enjoyed our enthusiasm yet hesitant intelligent debate (thanks Adam) regarding the film. So when I saw Matt in Austin, he decided to give us a cool exclusive. Reeves showed me an intense deleted sequence from the film, and he somehow convinced Overture Films to let us post it to help promote the film.
While the deleted sequence would have taken place a bit late in the film, it really doesn’t spoil anything. So as Matt suggested, you could watch this clip without having seen the movie. In the scene, Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) shows Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) how she became what she is. And yes, we did get a chance to chat with Matt about the clip, and get a full explanation of why this didn’t make the final cut.
Watch the scene now and listen to Matt’s explanation, after the jump!
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Matt Reeves’ Let Me In (an film adaptation of the Swedish book) arrives in theaters today with some pretty high expectations attached to it. The original Swedish film, Let The Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is generally regarded by the film geek community as a nearly-flawless genre piece. An American remake seemed crass, both in its assumption (however accurate) that American audiences couldn’t be bothered to read the subtitles of the original, and in the way its release might be calculated to cash in on the current vampire craze.
So does Reeves’ adaptation justify its existence? Hit the jump for some of my thoughts, plus leave your own in the comments section. Note that SPOILERS are allowed.
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