TNT’s ‘Let The Right One In’ Pilot Isn’t a Remake

With two movie versions of the Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In already out there, TNT’s new pilot for a possible TV series (announced Monday) might seem like just another rehash of those previous, award-winning efforts. According to screenwriter and executive producer Jeff Davis, that’s not the case. “The TV series will not be a remake of the American version,” Davis tells Fandom. “We’re taking inspiration from the novel and the story will definitely have more of an international aesthetic.”

Davis worked on the LTROI pilot script for more than a year. Originally the subject of a bidding war between A&E Studios and Showtime, the project first landed at A&E. The studio backed away earlier this year and the rights reverted to Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios. TNT scooped up the project this summer and tapped Adelstein and Davis to Executive Produce. They have similar roles on MTV’s Teen Wolf which enters its sixth and final season this fall.

Davis says the pilot will return to the original’s roots both artistically and geographically. “The pilot script currently starts in Stockholm, Sweden and sees the vampire, Eli, traveling to America with her caretaker.”

The original novel deals with a friendship between Eli (who appears to be an adolescent) and a human 12-year-old boy. The book travels along the darker side of human nature. It deals with alcoholism, bullying, pedophilia, genital mutilation and other all-too-real evils. Davis says it’s from that dark well that his pilot script springs. “In this way, we’re hoping to satisfy fans of both the original movie and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s book which contains certain sinister plot elements that never made it into the movies.”

If it makes it past the pilot stage, Let the Right One In will shore up attempts by Turner’s TNT to retool its dramatic slate. 2014 hit The Last Ship moved the network past its staple stable of cop drama and procedural and into more high-concept fare. And, from Davis’ description, it seems LTROI will be right at home with the recently renewed crime-family drama Animal Kingdom, upcoming series Will(about a young William Shakespeare) and The Alienist which pits Theodore Roosevelt against criminals in New York’s gilded age.


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Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce‘s Necar Zadegan and Cameron Gellman (20th Century Woman) have joined the cast of Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilot Let the Right One In. Based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement. 

Let The Right One In/Let Me In (spoilers)

I just need to have a minor rant.

This is sort of irrelevant to the fact that I don’t like Let Me In. It just seems a bit ridiculous to me that the filmmakers clearly hadn’t paid enough attention to LTROI and almost certainly hadn’t read the book (which I would consider basic research when doing a remaking). Eli is not a girl, so why on earth is the LMI version of her called Abby? I could understand that they didn’t want a massive back story for the character as in the novel, but LTROI even showed that Eli was a castrated male. 

It is kinda important to the story. Oskar loves Eli whether he or she is male or female, human or vampire. 

I might even sort of get it if they’d at least given Abby a more androgynous name (Alex or Sam would’ve been perfectly adequate) so that those who’d read the book or even watched LTROI would feel it was true to the story, but in choosing the name Abby they got rid of any ambiguity and made the character well and truly a girl.

This annoys me to no end, because if you’re going to make a remake it is kind of vital that you stick to the same story. It might as well be fan fiction if you’re going to practically replace a character.