'Let the Right One In' Reboot Scores TNT Pilot Pickup

'Teen Wolf' boss Jeff Davis penned the script for the project, which was previously in development at A&E.
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"Let the Right One In" with Jeff Davis (inset)

TNT is getting into the vampire genre.

The Turner-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order to a reboot of Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama is based on the best-selling Swedish book by John Ajvide Lindqvist that was subsequently adapted into the critically acclaimed 2008 movie directed by Tomas Alfredson.

The project, which is being written by Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis, was previously in development at A&E after landing at the cabler following a bidding war with Showtime. Initially set up at A+E Studios, the rights to the project have reverted to Tomorrow Studios, with Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements also on board to exec produce alongside Davis, Simon Oakes (the American reboot of the film Let Me In) and Alex Brunner. The pilot is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner's in-house Studio T banner.

For those unfamiliar, 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 Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement. A casting search for the kids has already begun for the project, which is based on the novel and not the Swedish film and subsequent U.S. remake.

"Let the Right One In combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale," said Sarah Aubrey, exec vp original programming at TNT. "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."

Let the Right One In joins a drama pilot slate at TNT that also includes Claws, Monsters of God and Civil. Should Let the Right One In move to series, it would join a drama roster featuring Animal Kingdom, The Last Ship, as well as multiple upcoming series including Good Behavior, The Alienist, Will and Foreign Bodies.

"TNT has amassed an incredible slate of programming and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with them," Tomorrow Studios CEO Adelstein said. "Their collaboration and shared enthusiasm for bringing Let the Right One In to the U.S. TV audience is incredibly exciting to all of us."

For Davis, meanwhile, the pilot comes as his veteran MTV werewolf drama Teen Wolf will end its run with its sixth and final season in 2017. Let the Right One In will keep Davis in business with Adelstein following their dramatic take on 1980s Michael J. Fox feature Teen Wolf.

Let the Right One In — a foreign hit that grossed $9.1 million internationally on its way to a worldwide gross of $11.2 million — comes as reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.

Already in the works this season are reboots of The Lost Boys (CW), Varsity Blues (CMT), The Departed (Amazon) and L.A. Law, though the latter does not yet have a network attached.

The upcoming broadcast season features a number of familiar titles, including MacGyver (CBS), Training Day (CBS), Frequency (CW), Lethal Weapon (Fox), 24: Legacy (Fox), The Exorcist (Fox) as well as Taken (NBC).

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