“LET THE RIGHT ONE IN” TV PILOT FINDS DIRECTOR, JOINS THE SMALL SCREEN HORROR RENAISSANCE
“Let the Right One In,” TNT’s upcoming vampire drama based on the Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist has found a director for its pilot. According to Deadline, Euros Lyn is set to direct the Jess Davis drama’s premiere episode. Lyn has previously directed episodes of such greats as “Torchwood,” “Sherlock,” “Dr. Who,” and “Black Mirror.” The novel’s first adaptation came as a 2008 Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson, and then remade in the US under the title LET ME IN.
The television drama was originally to be developed by A&E in association with Showtime, but earlier this year the project moved over to TNT, who is already developing a TV reboot of the “Tales from the Crypt” franchise. The newest version of “Let the Right One In” appears to be keeping with the original’s storyline:
“Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about Henry, a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic vampire, Eli (Kristine Froseth), who appears to be near his age. Thin and pale, Eli’s actual age is unknown. Lonely and friendless (for obvious reasons), Eli lands in an apartment building in Vermont, and soon begins a strange friendship with Henry, an equally lonely 16-year-old boy who has no idea what kind of creature he’s dealing with.”
“Let the Right One In” is another entry into an explosion of horror television over the last couple of years. Much like the mainstream film medium, horror shows on the small screen have usually been kept to a minimum, despite hits like “The X-Files,” “Supernatural,” and the anthology series “Tales from the Crypt.” But the proverbial blood gates started to open when a new wave of horror hits began to invade the small screen, with shows like AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” HBOs “True Blood,” and FX’s “American Horror Story.” Fans have flocked towards these award-winning shows, bringing the horror genre front and center during network executives discussions.
2013 and 2014 saw a new proliferation of horror-themed stories go to series. Some of these series include Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” FX’s “The Strain,” SyFy’s “Z Nation,” A&E’s “Bates Motel,” El Rey’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.” Even traditional networks starting playing in the horror playground with NBC’s entries of “Hannibal” and “Constantine.”
These forays into genre television only served to build a foundation for what was to come, as even more horror-based television series began to sprout up between 2015 and this year. Netflix tapped into our hearts and our fears with this year’s “Stranger Things,” and Showtime found the sweet spot with “Outcast.” FOX jumped into the fray with “The Exorcist,” and the horror-comedy “Scream Queens.” AMC expanded its zombie world with “Fear the Walking Dead,” and Starz brought back our favorite loud-mouthed braggart with “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” MTV launched “Scream: The Television Series,” A&E tried out the short-lived “Damien,” and Freeform brought out “Dead of Summer.” SyFy is testing out how creepypasta translates to the small screen with “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” and GSN is finding success with its horror-themed game show “Hellevator.”
It doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon, either. FOX is in talks to continue the beloved “X-Files” franchise, and another season of “Stranger Things” is in the works. AMC is working to bring “The Terror” to fruition, TNT is moving ahead with the aforementioned “Tales from the Crypt” and “Let the Right One In” series, and James DeMonaco recently announced that he was in talks to bring his “The Purge” franchise to our living rooms as well.
For fans of horror, we couldn’t imagine that we would be in a position where we had some many amazing choices on our televisions in front of us. As more and more of us continue to tune in, it’s a safe bet that networks will continue to search out more and more properties to astound us with.
Stay with Tom Holland’s Terror Time as we continue to watch this new small-screen horror renaissance develop.
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