According to Variety, TNT has ordered a pilot episode for the series Let the Right One In, an adaptation of the Swedish novel of the same name from author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The adaptation is currently being developed by Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds creator, Jeff Davis, who also penned the script for the pilot.
Let the Right One In is no stranger to adaptations. The book was first adapted into its native language by director Tomas Alfredson, a filmmaker who also directed the 2011 film Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy. Two years later, the book was then adapted into an English-language film Let Me In from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Both films were rather well-made, and there's no denying the fact that the source material is pretty strong as well.
This move from TNT is a strange one, as I can't see how there's enough material to sustain an entire series. Admittedly, this comes from a place of mild ignorance, as I've never read the book, but I know it's a bit of a hefty tome, clocking in at about 472 pages in its English trade paperback form. So far all I know, there's plenty of content that was thrown to the wayside in both adaptations (which I have seen) in order to make for a cleaner narrative.
TNT's EP of original content had the following to say about the announcement.
“‘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.”
While I'm not wholly skeptical of this particular adaptation, I do see some potential problems down the way. Mainly, this is a premise that sort of banks on the whole "death of innocence" angle, and if they plan to keep this show around for more than a season, we'll very quickly see both our lead boy and our female vampire grow older, which seems to clash thematically. So do I have doubts that this could work? Yes, I do. Granted, I never thought that good series could be made out of Psycho or Fargo either, and look how wrong I was there. Regardless, I look forward to seeing what Davis and co. have planned for this new series.
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