TNT has ordered a pilot episode for a TV series adaptation of Let the Right One In, the 2004 novel written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The novel was adapted into the 2008 Swedish film of the same name directed by Tomas Alfredson, which then got an American remake in 2010 titled Let Me In directed by Matt Reeves.
The potential series was first set up at A&E after they beat out Showtime in a bidding war for the rights to the project, but those rights eventually reverted back to Tomorrow Studios.
The Let the Right One In series is being written and executive produced by Jeff Davis, creator and showrunner of the Teen Wolf TV series, which is set to enter its sixth and final season next year. Davis also created the long-running Criminal Minds. Executive producing alongside Davis is Tomorrow Studios CEO Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf), Becky Clements (Aquarius, Last Man Standing), Simon Oakes (Let Me In, The Woman in Black), and Alex Brunner (Let Me In, The Way Back).
Of the announcement, TNT executive vice president of original programming Sarah Aubrey said:
“Let the Right One In combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale. This novel is a watershed of rich storytelling, making it an abundant source from which Jeff, Marty, Becky and Simon will bring to life in this all-new adaptation.”
Let the Right One In follows an often bullied and tormented young boy, who meets and forms a bond with a vampire who appears to be a young girl around his age but is actually hundreds of years old. The TV series will be set in a small Vermont town, where the vampire girl and her caretaker move in at the same time that a string of mysterious murders is gaining the attention of the law.
Casting for the young boy and vampire roles is already underway.
If you’ve never seen it, here’s a trailer for the ’08 movie adaptation of the novel.