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 U.S. movie set in New Mexico, the TV show, which has been in development for awhile, 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.