One of the best vampire movies of the past decade was Swedish film Let The Right One In, about a young bullied boy who meets and falls for a young girl who moves into his building, who isn’t really as young as she seems. (Pssst… she’s a vampire.) The film received critical acclaim upon its release and became and instant cult classic. It was remade in America (pretty faithfully, too) just two years later as Let Me In, and even became a successful stage play in the U.K. (The original title, and also the name of the book it was based on, was a reference to a song by Morrissey, giving it even more cool points.)
Now the A&E network is teaming with Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and actor-screenwriter Brandon Boyce to adapt the movie into a television series. According to the official description, “the drama follows the boy and female vampire, who lives in secrecy with her mysterious guardian. When a series of strange murders pops up in their small Vermont town, it attracts the attention of a federal marshal with a mysterious past of his own.” That’s more or less the plot of the entire movie, so it’ll be interesting to see how they can stretch this out for eight to ten episodes. Between this show, Bates Motel and the remake of the French zombie drama The Returned, A&E is quickly finding its niche with horror based television.
The original novel has some more controversial elements that the film versions barely dealt with, mostly about the relationship with the young female vampire and her guardian (and in the case of Matt Reeve’s American adaptation, didn’t deal with at all), so it will be interesting to see if the TV show will “go there,” as they say. Television is more daring than movies these days after all. No date has been given for when A&E would like the show to premiere, but I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this one very soon.