After a successful pilot, Showtime has committed to a 10-episode run of a Let the Right One In television series. The first episode was written by Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful) and directed by Seith Mann (Homeland). The plan is to have the series go into production in New York City at the beginning of 2022.
Based on the haunting novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a brilliant film adaptation was brought to the screen by Swedish director Tomas Alfredson in 2008. (It remains one of the greatest vampire films of the last twenty years.) An American remake was soon to follow called Let Me In directed by Matt Reeves (The Batman). Since then, the Let the Right One In TV series has been in development hell, having first seen interest from A&E and TNT.
The Showtime series stars Demián Bichir and Taylor Baez as a father and daughter whose lives were upended a decade ago when the little girl was turned into a vampire at age 12. As they try and keep their secret, a homicide detective moves in next door with a son the same age.
Actor Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot) and Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog) will also be seen in larger roles. The news also announced that Madison Taylor Baez (Selena: The Series), Kevin Carroll (Snowfall), Ian Foreman (Merry Wish-Mas), and Jacob Buster (Colony) were also added to the cast.
Hinderaker will serve as showrunner and executive producer while Mann will stay on to direct multiple episodes. Let the Right One In is produced by Tomorrow Studios (Cowboy Bebop, Snowpiercer) with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements also serving as executive producers.
With some of the darker elements found in the novel omitted in the Swedish film version, the Let the Right One In TV series already looks to be changing things up quite a bit. For anyone familiar with the story, it will be the relationship of the two kids and their chemistry that will make or break this adaptation.
If production ramps up in early 2022 and stays on track, expect the first episodes to debut around this time next year.