Back in March, word came down that A&E had greenlit development of a series adaptation of the modern horror classic, Let the Right One In, with Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis at the helm. But just what does Davis have in mind for his take on the story?
Well, during a recent podcast appearance, Davis said he plans on pulling elements from the Swedish source material and making them “darker.” In addition, the showrunner also addressed what him potentially launching a new series means for the future of Teen Wolf.
The conversation began when Davis was asked about MTV's long-running werewolf drama, and how long the teenaged characters on the show could remain in high school, given that the series is going into its recently ordered sixth season:
"We're still debating that because, I have to be honest, I thought season 5 was it. I thought we were ending... I have no idea what's going to happen with season six."
Hearing that, things are now falling into place, as Davis has stated numerous times in the past he had no intention of taking on another project until Teen Wolf was finished. If the original plan was to conclude the series in the current season, the timing would have made it possible for him to immediately jump to Let the Right One In at A&E, provided the network gives the go-ahead for production.
Now, one must wonder how Davis will continue structuring arcs on Teen Wolf. It's likely that, from this point forward, the series will play things on a season-to-season basis so that, at any point, MTV can conclude the show safely - from a narrative perspective - as the longer it runs, the likelihood of the network pulling the plug exponentially increases.
Continued Davis on the matter:
"Now I have the challenge of doing both, if we're that lucky on Let the Right One In, to see it go to series. We're still in the script stage."
But what of the adaptation itself? What is the writer’s plan of attack for the property? How does he plan to expand it in such a way that it can be turned into a long-running television show?
"[It] was only until I read the book. The book has details in it, and a broader story that I said to myself, 'okay, now I can see the series.' And I brought in another writer, a friend of mine, Brandon Boyce, who actually plays a doctor on [Teen Wolf], and we started pitching around ideas, and then we went off and sold it.
The pilot will have elements from the book, but tell a new, different story. It will be, if the series goes forward, a whole lot darker. I never imagined myself doing a vampire show, actually, but something about this one kind of captured me. I don't know how involved with the show I'll be if it does move forward, but we'll see."
That last bit probably has to do with the new wrinkle of Teen Wolf continuing past its supposed expiration date. For his part, Davis seems like the kind of showrunner who's extremely committed to the project he’s on at the moment. If Teen Wolf is to maintain its status as a quality program that defies the expectations that come from being on MTV, Davis’ commitment may require him to maintain his presence on the series, even with Let the Right One In at another network.
Teen Wolf airs Mondays at 10/9c on MTV.