TNT has ordered a pilot for a series based on the vampire novel “Let The Right One In,” the cabler announced on Monday. The TV adaptation is being developed by “Teen Wolf” and “Criminal Minds” creator Jeff Davis.
Based on the best-seller from Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, “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 2004 book inspired a 2008 Swedish horror film.
Davis penned the pilot and will serve as an executive producer with Marty Adelstein (“Aquarius,” “Prison Break,” “Teen Wolf”) and Becky Clements (“Aquarius,” “Last Man Standing”) of Tomorrow Studios, plus Simon Oakes (“Women in Black,” “Let Me In”) of Hammer Films, Carl Molinder who produced the original screenplay and Alex Brunner (“Dark Places”). Turner’s in-house studio, Studio T, will co-produce with Tomorrow Studios.
The pilot order comes after MTV announced the upcoming sixth season of “Teen Wolf” in 2017 will be the last, freeing up Davis’ schedule to move to another series.
“‘Let the Right One In’ combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale,” said Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive vice president of original programming. “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.”
“TNT has amassed an incredible slate of programming and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with them. Their collaboration and shared enthusiasm for bringing ‘Let the Right One In’ to the U.S. TV audience is incredibly exciting to all of us,” added Adelstein, exec producer and CEO of Tomorrow Studios.
“Let The Right One In” fits in nicely with TNT’s new horror genre, as the cable net is working on a horror block from M. Night Shyamalan, which includes the hotly anticipated reinvented “Tales From the Crypt.” The pilot joins TNT’s growing pilot slate, which includes “Monsters of God,” “Civil” and the dramedy “Claws.”