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TNT Drops “Let the Right One In” TV Series

Let the Right One In (Magnet)

Maybe this one just isn’t meant to be.

Last we heard, pre-production had begun on TNT’s pilot episode of a TV series based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, and all seemed to be moving along smoothly. Jeff Davis was the showrunner attached to the project, and young actors Kristine Froseth and Ben Wadsworth had been cast in the lead roles. What’s the latest? Well, TNT just pulled the plug.

Deadline reports tonight that the network is not proceeding with the drama series’ pilot order. The site also notes that production had not yet begun on the pilot, ordered last August.

But all hope isn’t lost. Tomorrow Studios is reportedly shopping the series around to other networks in either “its current iteration or as a potential redo of the concept.”

Let the Right One In, originally set up at A&E, is about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.


25 Comments
  • Good.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    Terrific movie already ruined by a shit American remake. Probably seems like it would be a good idea based on capturing the feel of the film but seriously, how many seasons can you push the idea? Leave it the fuck alone. Let awesome be awesome.

    • Graham

      I agree. This of all films seems like a really weird choice to serialize.

    • CR

      What an original and insightful opinion! Someone hating a horror remake? Goddamn. I love Let the Right One In. It is beautiful in every way. I also love the American remake. Owen seemed like he was a much easier target and the bullies weren’t a bunch of 60 lb. children. Lindqvist has also stated that he loves both interpretations of his story. There are things I liked better than the other in both versions. Let Me In succeeded as a horror movie, psychological thriller, romance and coming of age just as well, if not better. Yes, I prefer Let Me In.

      • Jack Derwent

        There was no way in hell Lindqvist was ever going to badmouth this film. Reeves spent so much time gushing about him that if Lindqvist said anything less than positive or nothing at all he would have looked bad.

      • Vesuvian Villain

        You make some good points but giving someone shit who dislikes remakes is just as cliche. There are plenty of valid reasons for us to dislike remakes, just like there are plenty of reasons to defend them. Naturally, as time goes on and our standards drop because we’re now drowning in remakes, there’s going to be a higher volume of people who hate on them. But the reasons they suck never change, so it doesn’t make sense for me to adjust my perception of them to positive because I’m afraid I might be labeled one of the many haters.

        However, I don’t think you necessarily disagree with any of this, I think your reaction is to me writing off Let Me In as shit, simply because it’s a remake, which is fair because that’s what I was doing lol. My point was more about there not being a way to make seasons and seasons out of this idea and to just let the property be, I just threw in the shit comment as a general fuck you to Murican remakes of everything.

    • macguffin54

      I prefer the remake. The original was a bit dry. How you can say the remake was “shit” is beyond me. You can prefer the original, you can dislike remakes or find some faults with the remake, but it cannot just be labeled “shit”. The acting, directing, writing, pacing were all excellent and the added touches were great.

      • Jack Derwent

        ‘How you can say the remake was “shit” is beyond me.’ Because it was shit. Reeves should stick to shaky-cam Godzilla and monkeys wielding machine guns, it’s what he’s good at.

    • I vastly disagree that the American remake is ‘shit’. Something like ‘Carrie’ is shit. Let Me In is way better than that. Not as good as the original, but certainly not ‘shit’ when compared to the field.

      • Vesuvian Villain

        Haha very true, Carrie as a remake is definitely worlds below Let Me In. Borrowed idea or not, Carrie remake is just a lame movie on it’s own. That’s pretty much how I have to rate a remake. Would I like it if the first movie hadn’t existed? And I can’t really fault Julianne Moore as crazy mom, there probably isn’t any other actress today that could have pulled that off better, but I consider Depalma Carrie awesome even as dated in production value and acting as it is.

  • CR

    There wasn’t a tasteful enough way to depict child prostitues in public restrooms. That particular passage in the novel made me want to stop reading it but I powered through. One thing I liked about both films is they eliminated needlessly graphic or sexual content. If it ever actually happened, I would’ve obsessively watched it – even if it was shit. Horror series tend lose their momentum, even if they start out good (like the first and third season of AHS, then turn to shit. Then again, I had the exact same attitude toward The Exorcist and it ended up being very good.

    • thegreatiandi

      Child prostitution?! That’s in the book?! EEks

  • KSE1977

    They must have caught the Mist series trailer and realized what a huge mistake they were making.

  • Shane o mac

    Some movies should not be made into a tv series, this is one of them

  • Vesuvian Villain

    Fair point from everyone that I’m being a bit harsh labeling the remake shit. And maybe it sounds like a cliche to hate on remakes because so many people do it. Or.. maybe.. because there’s just so many fucking remakes now you can’t escape. And this isn’t even the typical “it’s been 20 years, and we don’t have any ideas of our own” remake. This is “OMG this is really awesome but we all know Americans won’t read subtitles and can’t relate to anything happening in any country outside of our own, so let’s do one for us and water it the fuck down” remakes. Absolutely unnecessary.

    Granted, sometimes the remakes come out fine, like Let Me In. If I’d seen Let Me In and Let The Right One In never existed, I’d probably think it was pretty awesome. As a movie, production, cinematography, acting, sure, it was all fine. I didn’t really see the need though. The amount of shit our country steals is insane. I feel like we’re conditioned not to accept anything outside of our own experience, which completely defeats the purpose of watching ANY experience/story about any other person in any other place. It feels insulting as an American because it’s assumed that if I don’t have my neat little packaged version just for me, I won’t be able to comprehend it. I say fuck that attitude. Some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, top ten, are foreign, and they have subtitles, and they’re not about us.

    • J Jett

      V, the original LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is far superior to the remake IMO. i didn’t hate the remake but i already loved the original when i saw it.

      • Vesuvian Villain

        Exactly. I didn’t hate the remake either but I didn’t find anything in it that was much more interesting. The original has this… charm to it I just wasn’t seeing in the remake. I was probably too invested in Eli and Oskar’s relationship in the first one to give a shit at all about the new version. I guess that’s another issue I have with remakes. I’m not interested in the reinterpreting of characters I’m already invested in, especially if those original actors acted the fuck out of those parts.

        • thegreatiandi

          I just watched the remake the other day….Never watched the original. Thought it was a good, sad film. I liked the characters. The way it was shot. Great movie. Having said that, I knew it was a remake and im always so against them. I don’t get as up in arms as most, but I get it. If you love the source material….Then I get it. As far as the states needing the movies to cater to us, I don’t have an issue with that, unless it kills the film.

          I watched Ringu, and I can say I enjoyed the Ring much more. Same with the Grudge. Sometimes it works better than others…

          • Vesuvian Villain

            Touché buddy, Ringu and Grudge were both movies I liked the American versions of better. Sometimes they get it right but lately it’s just plain excess. It can’t be that difficult to come up with a fresh idea.

  • Travis Sharp

    The novel provides a lot of territory to explore with flashbacks into the vampire’s past, but I don’t know how well the series would do in the United States. This is basically a tortured and mutilated child… do you want to watch that? It sure as hell didn’t belong on TNT.

  • J Jett

    i’m kind of relieved this (as of now) isn’t moving forward. Jeff Davis ruined MTV’s Teen Wolf (when he took over(?) in season 3). i don’t think his version of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN would be any good (but who knows? maybe he’d surprise me/us).

  • Killa.fish

    If I remember the movie, the vampire had a pedophile who loved her and she manipulated him to drain the blood of young teen boys. Seems kind of heavy subject matter for a television show. If they didn’t chicken out, it could be good like Fargo or Bates Motel.

    • Corey

      I don’t think he was a pedophile. He was just her caretaker that she had taken on as a young boy who had grown old.

  • J Jett

    i admit DAMIEN started off kind of slow-ish but the final 2 or 3 episodes (especially the finale, which i thought was awesome!) were really great. unfortunately by that point it was too late/show cancelled.

    but i agree w/ you Necro. shows like DAMIEN, UNDER THE DOME, etc. etc. should probably really only be planned as mini-series or a planned out limited series (between 1 & 3 seasons tops). i can’t see LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (tv show) going 2 or more seasons. i just noticed on Jeff Davis’s IMDB page that he’s planning on a WAR OF THE WORLDS tv show. i also noticed on his page that he has 1 acting credit and it’s for the LET THE RIGHT ONE IN cancelled tv show.

  • Andre Green

    Jeff Davis is a hack!

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