Showtime has placed a pilot order for Let the Right One In, a TV adaptation of the Swedish horror novel by John Avdje Lindqvist and critically acclaimed 2008 feature film from director Tomas Alfredson.
The pilot will star Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life) as Mark, a husband and father who had the perfect life until it was turned upside down by a mysterious creature who bit his daughter (Eleanor) and then vanished into the night, turning her into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the minimal amount of human blood she needs to stay alive.
“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 executive Amy 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.”
“The series is both a love letter to the original film, and a story entirely our own,” added Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful) who will serve as showrunner. “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.”
Let the Right One In previously received a U.S. feature film adaptation in 2010, with Matt Reeves (The Batman) directing and Chloe Grace Moretz starring in Let Me In.