John Ajvide Lindqvist’s teen vampire tale Let the Right One In began life as a best-selling book in Sweden, rose to international prominence in 2008 thanks to a Swedish film adaptation, then got a 2010 American cinematic re-do. Now, TNT is ordering a pilot based on Lindqvist’s book. Vampires really are eternal!
Unlike Twilight — the film version of which also came out in 2008 — Let the Right One In veered into darker turf; the protagonists were younger and the violence was far more shockingly visceral, and the same mostly held true for the English-language remake. While the original movie was set in Sweden and the US movie set in New Mexico, the TV show, which has been in development for a while, will be set in Vermont, which will allow for plenty of blood-on-the-snow imagery:
Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.
The pilot hasn’t been cast yet, but the behind-the-scenes talent seems perfectly suited to the material. The script will be by Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds, Teen Wolf), who will also executive produce along with a list of names that includes Hammer Films president Simon Oakes, whose horror-centric credits include Let Me In.