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Beloved Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In is getting another remake.
Showtime has handed out a pilot order for a new take on the genre drama, with Andrew Hinderaker (Away, Penny Dreadful) set to pen the script and serve as showrunner. Demian Bichir (A Better Life, The Bridge) will star and produce. Seith Mann (Homeland, Blindspotting) is on board to direct the pilot.
Based on the 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and 2008 film from the scribe, Let the Right One In centers on a father and his 12-year-old daughter whose lives were changed a decade earlier when she was turned into a vampire. The film was remade in 2010 in the U.S. as Let Me In, with writer-director Matt Reeves setting Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins. A&E previously developed a TV take in 2015 with Teen Wolf‘s Jeff Davis on board to pen the script after landing the drama following a bidding war with Showtime. That project eventually moved to Warner-backed TNT a year later with Kristoffer Joner attached to star. It never moved forward.
Tomorrow Studios, the company overseen by Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements that was behind the A&E adaptation, will again produce the potential series with the duo credited as EPs.
“Let the Right One In quickly establishes itself as a thrilling, high-stakes drama that asks the question: How far would you go to save your child from the monsters out there — would you risk becoming a monster yourself?” said Showtime exec vp scripted Any Israel. “Demián Bichir is one of the world’s most dynamic and engrossing actors, and his charisma and vulnerability will surely bring Andrew Hinderaker’s exquisite script to life, guided by Seith Mann’s deft direction. We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this show.”
Let the Right One In arrives after Showtime saw its big-swing genre drama Halo move to corporate sibling streamer Paramount+. The premium cable network’s pilot slate also includes How to Make Love to a Black Woman, Gael Garcia Bernal entry Hombre, Lena Headey comedy Rita, Vanessa Bayer half-hour I Love This for You and an update of American Gigolo. Should Let the Right One In move to series, it would join a roster of scripted originals that include the revivals of Dexter and The L Word, Ripley, Black Monday, Billions, The Chi, City on a Hill, Emma Stone’s Safdie brothers comedy The Curse, anthology First Ladies, American Rust and Yellowjackets, among others.
“The series is both a love letter to the original film, and a story entirely our own,” Hinderaker said. “And casting a true artist like Demián epitomizes our bold aspiration to be one of the most terrifying shows on TV, and one of the most moving.”
For his part, Bichir earned an Oscar nomination for his turn in A Better Life. His credits include Showtime’s Weeds, FX’s The Bridge, ABC’s Grand Hotel and features The Midnight Sky, Godzilla vs. Kong, Che, The Hateful Eight and The Heat, among others. He’s repped by CAA.
Here are the trailers for Let the Right One In and Let Me In.
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