8 items from 2015
First it was a novel, then an acclaimed Swedish movie, then a surprisingly classy English-language remake, and then two separate stage productions. Now John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In is heading for yet another adaptation, this time as a TV series for the American cable network A&E. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) will write the new take, with Jeff Davis (MTV's Teen Wolf) acting as showrunner. Both, along with Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, will serve as executive producers. So too will Hammer CEO Simon Oakes: Hammer retains the rights as the studio that brought us the Let Me In version in 2010.The story, in all forms so far, gives us a young boy called Oskar (Owen in the Hammer film) who befriends a local girl called Eli (or Abby). Eli lives in mysterious circumstances with her seemingly much older 'guardian', »
A&E has prevailed in a bidding war with Showtime for the rights to John Ajvide Lindqvist's best-selling Swedish book Let the Right One In for a TV series adaptation. The novel was adapted into the 2008 foreign thriller of the same name by director Tomas Alfredson, which was remade into the English-language film Let Me In, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz. Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis is teaming with actor-writer Brandon Boyce to write the pilot script.
The original novel centers on a bullied young boy who becomes friends with a mysterious girl he eventually learns is a vampire. The series will take a slightly different approach, centering on the boy and female vampire, who live together in secret with the young girl's guardian. After a string of grisly murders rocks their sleepy Vermont town, a federal marshal comes to investigate, who has a mysterious past of his own. »
It seems werewolves and vampires can work together, after all.
Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and actor Brandon Boyce (who portrayed Dr. Vandenburg on the MTV series) are teaming with A&E to adapt Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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Davis and Boyce will executive-produce the drama »
Swedish horror Let The Right One In has already been subjected to the Hollywood treatment, but that’s not going to stop its exsanguination in favor of another remake. For this latest iteration, currently in development at A&E, the network has tapped Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis and writer Brandon Boyce to revamp the movie a second time.
A&E snagged the rights from Hammer Films Productions – who produced the original movie based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best-selling novel – in a bidding frenzy. The network nearly lost out to Showtime, whose slate already boasts the genre-tastic Penny Dreadful. All’s fair in love and (bidding) war.
Like all other previous versions of the property, the series will revolve about a bullied teen boy who befriends a young girl – who turns out to be a century-old vampire unable to restrain her bloodlust.
The first adaptation sprung up in the »
- Gem Seddon
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. »
- Derek Anderson
The story, about a bullied teen boy who befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her mysterious guardian, was adapted into Tomas Alfredson's critically acclaimed 2008 movie of the same name. Matt Reeves did a less well received but still praised English-language remake in 2010 entitled "Let Me In".
This new take though will be a drama series version of the story. The action will be shifted to a small Vermont town where a series of strange murders attracts the attention of a federal marshal with a mysterious past of his own.
- Garth Franklin
Harold van Lier has departed his post as president of Entertainment One Films International after a year in the role as the company consolidates its international sales operations within its film production arm.
Van Lier had headed StudioCanal’s sales operations before joining eOne a year ago. He previously worked at Summit.
The move will further support the company’s increased focus on internally produced films, eOne said in the announcement, and will ensure the sales teams can maximize the potential of those movies. It unveiled its global film production arm in April under the leadership of Xavier Marchand.
The division recently announced first-look deals with Simon Oakes and Marc Schipper’s Hammer Films and David Lancaster’s Rumble Films as well as production deals on “Eye in the Sky” and “Message From the King.”
Van Lier plans to continue working with filmmakers and financiers to package films with strong international appeal. »
- Dave McNary
Relativity’s “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” the first movie to open in 2015, has launched with an estimated $1.5 million at Thursday evening screenings in the U.S.
The opening puts the horror sequel, which is playing at 2,602 locations, on track for the film’s opening weekend in the range of $9 million to $11 million. Screenings began at 7 p.m.
By comparison, Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle” launched with $2.1 million in Thursday night screenings and went on to gross $37.1 million in its opening weekend. Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” generated $1.2 million from Thursday night screenings starting at 10 p.m. on its way to an $18.3 million weekend, while Relativity’s “Oculus” opened with $475,000 at 10 p.m. Thursday night showings to start a $12 million weekend.
Relativity had originally scheduled the “Woman in Black” sequel for Super Bowl weekend on Jan. 30 but moved it forward four weeks in October. No other horror »
- Dave McNary
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