Welcome to the newest section of the Grave Blog, titled “Don’t Nobody Want That.” I’m sure most of you have already figured out what this section is about but for those of you who haven’t caught up, this is where we discuss the things that some fat cat in an expensive suit has decided is a good idea, even though the rest of us don’t agree. You can probably expect a lot of remake news here. Today, however, let’s discuss TNT’s new “Let the Right One In” TV show.
Let the Right One In was originally a Swedish film (Låt den rätte komma in) about a social outcast whose only friend is a young vampiress. It’s kind of a pre-teen Twilight, but darker and more violent. Then it was remade for American audiences because America and inexplicably re-titled Let Me In. While, in my opinion, neither movie was particularly amazing, they both did do rather well with critics. Regardless, the original was nary two years old when the remake came out. It was an unnecessary cash grab. As is the latest TV adaptation.
It will be written by the showrunner of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Jeff Davis, so that’s what we’re dealing with. Like both movies, the series will be based on the novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, meaning we’re getting the fourth version of the same story. So that’s cool. Hammer Films, who produced the remake, will produce the show as well.
“Let the Right One In combines elements of horror, revenge thriller and adolescent romance into an unforgettable and truly unsettling tale,” said Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive vice president of original programming. “This novel is a watershed of rich storytelling, making it an abundant source from which Jeff, Marty, Becky and Simon will bring to life in this all-new adaptation.”
The TV show will take place in Vermont, which is different than the remake which took place in New Mexico, which is different than the original which took place in Sweden. So… cool? Obviously my opinion doesn’t amount to much since I didn’t care for the films, and I never read the book, but this just seems unnecessary and repetitive. This is the second time a Let the Right One In TV show has been attempted, with A&E trying and failing last year. TNT has only ordered the pilot so we’ll see if any more actually comes of this. What do you think? Do you want this?