Not long ago pop culture was in a vampire rage. Thanks to Twilight, we couldn’t get enough of vampire love stories. The film series based on Stephenie Meyer’s books Grossed more than $3 billion collectively. Then came True Blood on HBO based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries by author Charlaine Harris. That series gave us 6 successful seasons on HBO. Recently we have The Strain on FX, which was a much darker, grittier vampire story based on the book trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. While The Strain is still on the air, we haven’t heard much in the vampire territory for a little while, until now.
TNT has just ordered a pilot for a TV series based on the Swedish novel and movie Let The Right One In. The book/film focused on a youthful friendship story between a bullied 12-year-old boy and a child female vampire he meets in his apartment complex. The film received critical acclaim and was remade for American audiences as Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves. The American version film was essentially a carbon copy of the original and was well received by critics. The pilot will be written by Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds, Teen Wolf) and will be produced by the same people involved with the film remake. Originally there was a bidding war bidding war between A&E and Showtime, but ultimately TNT won.
Making the adaptation a TV series allows the producers to focus on plot elements that were left out of the film and be able to add much more filler and create strong character development that normally isn’t able within a 2-hour film. Like many adaptations, spreading it across more than 10 episodes makes it flow much better and can create some great escapist entertainment. The only thing that makes hardcore fans worrisome is that the original and the American remake were very graphic and gory, something that might not go for the TNT crowd. Hopefully, the pilot is good and we can see for ourselves because the original film was great.