One of the best, and most chillingly subversive, vampire films of the last ten years was the Swedish-made Let The Right One In (2008). The US remake Let Me In (2010) wasn’t too shoddy either but it didn’t have the same Scandinavian cool and edginess. At the centre of the story was a 12 year-old boy, Oskar, who becomes fascinated with a vampire in the form of a teenage girl (though really she’s much older) called Eli. Despite superficial similarities this was in no way Twilight… this was twisted, dark and fascinating. And it had one hell of a slaughter-in-a-swimming-pool scene.
And now there’s (potentially) going to be a TV series. Which could work. The ending of the film was certainly open and US cable is doing some amazing stuff with adaptations these days. We’ve come a long way since the days of cheap TV cash-ins like Blue Thunder and Beastmaster.
TNT has ordered a pilot for the show based on the original best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist that inspired both films. Jeff Davis has penned the pilot script, and as a showrunner he managed to make MTV’s Teen Wolf a much better show than it had any right to be so let’s hope he can step up again here.
The series will be set in Vermont, unlike the US film remake which was set in New Mexico. The fact that the series will apparently draw from the original book which is an interesting claim to make. One of the most notorious differences between John Ajvide Lindqvist best-selling novel and both films is that… well… let’s say Eli had another secret other than just being a vampire. Also, the Oskar in the book is a much creepier character. It’ll be interesting to see how far the new series dares to go.
“Let the Right One In combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale,” says Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “This novel is a watershed of rich storytelling, making it an abundant source.”
“TNT has amassed an incredible slate of programming and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with them,” adds Marty Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios. “Their collaboration and shared enthusiasm for bringing Let the Right One In to the US TV audience is incredibly exciting to all of us.”