Demián Bichir to lead Showtime’s Let The Right One In pilot
After already being adapted for American audiences with Matt Reeves’ 2010 pic Let Me In, Swedish romantic horror drama Let The Right One In is finding new life once again as Showtime has ordered a pilot for a potential series with Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (Land) set to star.
The project is hailing from Andrew Hinderaker (Away, Penny Dreadful), who will serve as showrunner should it go to series, and will executive produce alongside pilot director Seith Mann (Homeland, Blindspotting), Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Bichir will serve as producer on the pilot, with Showtime producing alongside Tomorrow Studios (Cowboy Bebop, Snowpiercer).
“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?” Amy Israel, Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming for Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement. “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.”
Inspired by the original hit Swedish novel and film, the series centers on a father and his 12-year-old daughter whose lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned 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.
“The series is both a love letter to the original film, and a story entirely our own,” Hinderaker said in a statement. “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.”
The franchise originates back to John Ajvide Lindgvist’s 2004 novel of the same name, with development of the Swedish film adaptation beginning shortly after the book’s release with Lindgvist insisting to pen the script and the film receiving rave reviews from critics. Its success would spark British producer Hammer Films to acquire the rights for an English adaptation with Reeves writing and directing and, though some criticized it for being too derivative of the original, received similar high praise from critics and Lindgvist himself.
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