Stretching all the way back to Universal’s original 1931 Dracula film starring Bela Lugosi, vampires have been a constant presence on the big – and eventually small – screen. From romantic bloodsucker tales like Interview the Vampire and Dark Shadows to monstrous vampire bloodbaths like From Dusk Till Dawn and Near Dark, these undead creatures have long-dominated pop culture. One of the best recent examples of the genre is Let the Right One In, a 2008 Swedish horror effort.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In centers on Oskar (Kare Hedebrant), a 12-year-old child to divorced parents that is constantly being tortured by local bullies. That is until he meets the mysterious Eli (Lina Leandersson). Despite possessing the appearance of a young girl, Eli is actually an immortal vampire that must feed on the living to survive. What results is a visually breathtaking, wonderfully acted story of an unlikely interspecies romance, or at least the child equivalent of it. Oskar quickly falls for Eli, and in return, she protects him from those that would do him harm.
In 2010, the revived Hammer Films released an English-language remake of Let the Right One In, entitled Let Me In. The film was directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), and starred Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie) in the Eli role, albeit renamed to Abby. Surprisingly enough, Let Me In proved to be as nearly well-regarded by critics as the original. Unfortunately it was a total dud at the box office, barely making back its $20 million budget. However, cable network TNT still clearly sees potential in an Americanized take on the material, ordering a pilot for a TV series adaptation of Let the Right One In back in August. Now, according to Deadline, TNT has added Norwegian actress and model Kristine Froseth as their new Eli.
Froseth is still quite new to acting, having only appeared in a short, a TV episode, and two feature films so far, one of which still has yet to be released. To be fair though, Leandersson hadn’t acted on film at all prior to being cast in Let the Right One In, and that worked out fine. For what it’s worth, the two main characters seem to be undergoing an age-up for the TV pilot, with Henry (formerly Oskar) now a 16-year-old, and Froseth being 19 at the time of this writing.
Plot wise, Let the Right One In’s TV rendition – written and produced by Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis – is said to be less a straight remake of the 2008 film and more of a re-adaptation of the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel that inspired it. Being an American series, the setting has been changed to Vermont. With this now representing the third attempt at bringing Lindqvist’s prose to the screen, here’s hoping Davis has as much luck in the quality department as did Alfredson and Reeves.
The Let the Right One In TV series adaptation has yet to be assigned a premiere date.
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