The famous Swedish horror film “Let the Right One in” will have a Korean drama series remake on OTT in Korea.
The Famous Swedish Horror Film ‘Let the Right One in’ to Have a Korean Drama Series Remake
1. “Let The Right One in” Film Based on a Novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The novel “Låt den rätte komma in” or “Let the Right One in” is the debut novel of John Ajvide Lindqvist, which was published in 2004. He was a magician and stand-up comedian who became a horror writer.
His first novel, “Låt den rätte komma in,” depicts the love story of a bullied twelve-year-old boy named Oskara, who meets his first love – a newly moved “girl” named Eli, who is a vampire. Lindqvist’s vampire love story is a compelling horror story that gained massive success in Sweden and abroad.
The novel’s title is inspired by the Morrissey song “Let the Right One Slip In.” It also inspired the title of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s classic short story collection, “Let the Old Dreams Die.” As in the concept of vampire folklore, vampires can only enter a house if invited.
2. Film Adaptation in 2008
Novel “Låt den rätte komma in” was first adapted into a film with the same title in 2008. The Swedish horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, a former actor, turns to a director. The film starred Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson as the leading roles. The story focuses on the lead characters’ relationship and the evil side of humanity.
The movie “Låt den rätte komma in” successfully captivates many audiences in Sweden and foreign countries. Thus, it was hailed as a ‘lyrical horror’ and the ‘second Guillermo del Toro.’
The story follows a 12-year-old named Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) who lives with his divorced mother in a small village in Stockholm. One night, he sees a man and his young “daughter” about his age move into his building. The next night, he meets “the daughter,” Eli, a centuries-old vampire who physically and mentally resembles a twelve-year-old. Meanwhile, her “father,” Håkan (Per Ragnar), is a middle-aged man who helps Eli by providing blood from lone hikers.
The background story of the characters was explained in more detail in Lindqvist’s novel than in the film. Like, the background of Eli, who became a vampire, and why he adopted a female appearance.
3. “Let Me In” American Remake in 2010
Cloverfield director Matt Reeves directed the American version of “Let the Right One in.” With a slight change on the title into “Let Me In,” the movie premiered in theaters in 2010.
The American publisher wanted to have a compact title than the original one. Lindqvist suggested Let Me In instead of “Let Her In” as the word ‘Her’ was inaccurate. However, it is not people who must be careful to let the right person enter their house, but the vampire is the one who must be cautious about allowing the right person to know her secret.
Besides the title, they also change the names of the characters. The lonely boy Oskar became Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), while the vampire child Eli became Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz).
4. Stage Adaptations
Jakob Hultcrantz Hansson and John Ajvide Lindqvist directed and penned the first stage adaptations. They held the first play at Uppsala Stadsteater, Uppsala, on March 16, 2011. Then, the second one was at Nord-Trøndelag Teater in Steinkjer, Norway, on November 15, 2012.
Then, the National Theatre of Scotland took the novel on stage in 2013. The production was helmed by director John Tiffany and written by Jack Throne.
On February 28, 2018, the Korean production played the original Scottish show again on stage, starring Park So Dam, Lee Eun Ji, An Seung Kyun, and Oh Seung Hun. It was also marked as the first non-English production of “Let the Right One In.”
5. Swedish Horror Film “Let The Right One In” to have a Korean Drama Series Remake
On January 21, TAKEONE STUDIO announced that they have signed a co-production contract with Film Monster to produce the Swedish horror film “Let the Right One in” remake into a drama series, which will be available on OTT.
TAKEONE Studio explained, “We plan to create a new work by adding Korean sensibility and characteristics of the series to the original movie’s innocence and dreamlike atmosphere.”
The “Let the Right in” Korean remake will start filming in the second half of this year after naming the director and the cast members.
While waiting for the update, let’s watch the trailers of the original version of “Let the Right One in” in the Swedish language and “Let Me In” in the American version.
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