Let the Right One In TV Series Headed to A&E

By  · Published on March 17th, 2015

Magnolia Pictures

We probably don’t need another TV series about vampires, but maybe an exception can be made for one based on “Let the Right One In.” That’d be the original 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was previously adapted into the 2008 Swedish movie of the same name as well as the 2010 remake, retitled Let Me In. I’m a fan of both cinematic versions, so I’m optimistic for its next incarnation on the small screen. But I also haven’t seen the Teen Wolf show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that series’ showrunner, Jeff Davis, is handling the TV version of Let the Right One In with actor/screenwriter Brandon Boyce (Wicker Park).

I’m also not sure how much story there is in the novel for this kind of extension. Will the drama stick to the setting of the novel and stretch out the events that see young vampire Eli befriend a bullied neighbor boy while the former’s caretaker continues killing townsfolk for the bloodsucker’s feedings? And will Eli actually be a castrated male mistaken for a girl this time, as on the page? Will they age up the kids to make it another teen program? Could it actually follow the events of the book and show us the further travels of Eli with her new caretaker? Could they instead go for a prequel, like fellow A&E series Bates Motel, which provides back story for the characters of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho?

Speaking of which, it would seem the Let the Right One In is a good bet based on the success of Bates Motel and other series based on movies with some horror or murderous thriller element. In addition to Psycho and Teen Wolf, such features that have spun-off popular television shows recently include The Silence of the Lambs (and the rest of the Hannibal franchise), From Dusk Till Dawn, Fargo and I would even include Catfish, because that documentary played like a scary movie at times.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.