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Vampire flick will be based at Albuquerque Studios, with some scenes to be shot on the Hill

By The Staff

A scary movie with a lot of Hollywood buzz is coming to New Mexico with production locations in Los Alamos and Red River.

“Let Me In,” to be directed by Matt Reeves, will be based at Albuquerque Studios, making its production start in a few weeks.

According to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office, the film will employ more than 600 crewmembers, actors and extras.

“Let Me In” is a remake of a 2004 Swedish Film “Let the Right One In,” about school bullies and vampires.  The original movie was based on a Swedish novel, “Lat den Ratte Kom In,” (“Let the Right One In.”)

There has been a bit of vampire mania in the entertainment world lately, with a number of film and television works, including “Twilight,” using the genre and finding commercial success

The English-language version is set to star two youngsters, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz as the child leads and Richard Jenkins, who was nominated for an Oscar for his lead role in “The Visitor,” will play the leading adult, known as Hakan in the Swedish film.

While production staff was mum about the details that have not already been released by the governor, the Los Alamos newspaper has been approached by members of the crew to arrange use of the Monitor’s swoosh logo as a prop on several different days during the shoot.

The production is scheduled to begin in November and continue through January, according to the governor.

While the production is not touted as a $200,000,000 blockbuster, it is a major production with a highly regarded group of artists.

Reeves, who is also adapting the screenplay for “Let Me In,” is best known for his off-beat monster film “Cloverfield,” which was written by Drew Goddard, who grew up in Los Alamos. Reeves is also known for a comedy, “The Pallbearer,” starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow and a hit television show, “Felicity.”

The film is produced and financed by Hammer Films with North American distribution by Overture Films.

Richardson announced two other film productions and a renewed television series earlier this month. One of the films, “Due Date,” stars Robert Downey, Jr. The other, “Passion Play,” features Mickey Rourke, who won the 2009 Academy Award as lead actor in “The Wrestler.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.