Norman Bates and the resurrected people of The Returned could be getting more company in the growing horror community on A&E, as the network is developing a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that A&E is collaborating with Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf showrunner) and Brandon Boyce (who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's Apt Pupil and also played Dr. Vandenburg in Teen Wolf) on the adaptation of the 2004 novel, Let the Right One In, aka Låt den rätte komma in, with both Davis and Boyce set to scribe the script.

A&E and Showtime were both looking to adapt the vampiric coming-of-age story, with the former outbidding the latter in the end and gaining the optioned story from Hammer Films Productions.

A&E is currently developing the series in-house along with Tomorrow Studios. Should it come to fruition, A&E's Let the Right One In series would join Bates Motel and The Returned as the network's third current horror-themed remake. Executive producing the project are Davis, Boyce, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Simon Oakes.

Horror hounds have seen John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In adapted twice before. In 2008, Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of the same name was released, with Lindqvist himself having written the screenplay. In 2010, Let Me In, an American adaptation from writer/director Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), hit theaters with Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz in the respective young roles played by Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson in the first film.

While the book and initial adaptation were set in a Stockholm suburb, the 2010 American remake took place in New Mexico. A&E, meanwhile, is looking to set their adaptation in Vermont:

"The drama follows the boy and female vampire, who lives in secrecy with her mysterious guardian. When a series of strange murders pops up in their small Vermont town, it attracts the attention of a federal marshal with a mysterious past of his own."

Source: THR
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