Last year, it was revealed that A&E, which had been revitalizing its offerings with Bates Motel, had acquired the story rights to a vampire novel called Let the Right One In. The proposed series was placed in the care of Teen Wolf series creator Jeff Davis to act as showrunner. Little else was offered in terms of development, but it has now been more than a year since then and the project has reappeared at TNT with little explanation as to why.
Davis, who also wrote the pilot episode, will still spearhead the series, but Marty Edelstein (Aquarius), Becky Clements (Last Man Standing), Simon Oakes (Let Me In), Carl Molinder, and Alex Brunner have joined as producers, according to Variety. Plus, it now has a definitive pilot order.
Let the Right One In was written by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist and takes place in 1981 in the town of Blackeberg, Sweden, where unspeakable murders occur. Twelve-year-old Oskar hopes his tormenters at school are finally getting the retribution he feels they deserve, and he soon learns that they are: a new, strange girl has arrived next door who turns out to be a vampire that’s been draining the blood of people in the town.
The horror story inspired the 2008 film of the same name from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson. Watch its trailer below.
Much like how this series was supposed to further bolster A&E, perhaps it’ll do the same for TNT, which has more original series — like Monsters of God, Civil, and Claws — coming down the pipeline. Although, it is TNT, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect something as graphic or horrific as the film version.
Here’s the official synopsis of the book from Amazon:
It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day. But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night…