Before the start of the Let Me In panel, Comic-Con decided to show a few trailers to occupy the crowd. According to Heat Vision, one of those was the promo for Devil which is touted as “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan,” who produced the film. There were audible groans from the audience and, at the end, a smattering of boos. Clearly Comic-Con attendees, like most people, are growing tired of the filmmaker, particularly after he butchered Nickelodeon’s beloved “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series. It’s just unfortunate for screenwriter Brian Nelson and the directors, the Dowdle brothers.
Moving on, Matt Reeves stepped on stage to preview some footage from the Let the Right One In remake and, again, spent most of his time convincing fans of the original that his vision would be faithful to the story’s themes of isolation and confusion during adolescence.
We didn’t cover the panel, but Cinematical reports the film’s stars, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and the talented Richard Jenkins, joined Reeves on stage to field questions from the audience.
A few things items that surprised me: Reeves hadn’t seen Smit-McPhee’s The Road or Moretz’s Kick-Ass before casting them, which are easily their two biggest roles to date. Reeves spoke with Steven Spielberg about working with such young actors, who instructed him to tell his young actors to keep a journal in character. Moretz, 13, also admitted she hasn’t seen the original, Swedish version because her mom won’t let her.
Two scenes played to the packed house, including a touching moment at an arcade between the young characters and a harrowing action-oriented clip. (I kept it vague, I don’t want to spoil anything.) Overall, from several separate reports, it seems reactions are guarded, but excited for the new take. Take a look at the brand new trailer: