According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E is reviving the modern Swedish horror classic Let the Right One In for television, tapping “Teen Wolf” showrunner Jeff Davis and writer Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, also an actor on “Teen Wolf”) to adapt the critically-acclaimed film.
The highly-praised original was directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in 2008, based on the best-selling Swedish book by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It concerned a young boy who befriends a 100-year-old vampire who appears to be a little girl as a string of murders rock a small town.
It earned an English-language remake from Hammer Films a mere two-years later as Let Me In by director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield), though that fairly faithful adaptation failed at the box office.
Hammer’s rights to “Let the Right One In” were the subject of a bidding war with Showtime, which already has the vampire-themed “Penny Dreadful” on its slate of shows. A&E, meanwhile, has found great success with “Bates Motel” and “The Returned,” so they’re looking to be in the horror game for the long haul.
The property is being developed by Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios. Davis, Boyce, Adelstein, Clements and Simon Oakes will executive produce.