No matter how exhilarating having the powers of a vampire can be for someone, the luster of living forever can be taxing after seeing your loved ones grow old and die. Now imagine you were turned while still a child, forced to live in that same body while on the inside you're centuries older.It's a story in that same predicament, as she encounters a young human boy, that captured audiences in the Swedish novel and film Let The Right One In. In hit home in both Sweden and the world-at-large, leading Hollywood to quickly option the novel for an American remake. This upcoming film, re-titled Let Me In, resets the story in Middle America and renames the characters to more American-sounding names. With the filming underway now with director Matt Reeves and starring actress Chloe Moretz as the vampire child Abby and Kodi Smit-McPhee from as the schoolboy who doesn't know Abby's past.
This past week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Dark Horse went into detail about their partnership with Hammer Films to produce a prequel to the film in comic book form. The series, titled Let Me In: Crossroads, zeroes in on a major event for Abby prior to the film where her and her human aide Thomas are hounded by a crooked real estate tycoon – no matter her supernatural state. The four-issue series is set to launch this December, and is written by comics scribe Marc Andreyko () and illustrated by Patric Reynolds ().
Newsarama: Tell me, Marc, how does this miniseries fit in with the upcoming movie?
Marc Andreyko: Well, I can't say too much other than this series takes place just before the events of the film.
Nrama: I have read that it follows the immortal Abby. What's she going through in Let Me In: Crossroads?
Andreyko: Abby and Thomas have been "living" in an old farm in an isolated community in Indiana. Trouble starts when a land developer wants Thomas' (and two other hold-outs') land in order to build a truck-stop/retail/strip mall mecca.
Nrama: The idea of an immortal person living in the body of a young girl is very intriguing. What's your take on Abby?
Andreyko: Abby is the eternal twelve year-old. Imagine being stuck on the edges of puberty forever. Terrifying, huh? Add to that her isolation from almost everyone, the fraying of her one relationship, and a recurring bloodlust, and you have a recipe for some bad things, very bad things, to happen.
And they do.
Nrama You mentioned Thomas and a evil land developer. Can you paint us a fuller picture of who Abby is dealing with here?
Andreyko: Well, there is Thomas, played in the film by the brilliant Richard Jenkins. [You also have] the land developer and his milquetoast son-in-law,, the reclusive Vietnam vet and his thirteen year-old heavy metal son, and the crazy cat lady.Nrama: Hah – I look forward to seeing that crazy cat lady. That brings to mind the fact that while this a prequel to the upcoming American film, this is all indebted to the source material – a Swedish novel and film called Let The Right One In. Have you read the original book, movie or seen any of the upcoming remake?
Andreyko: I have read and seen both. And love them.
Nrama: Although this is a vampire story, it’s very different from what people think of as a vampire story. How was it for you to find the right tone and take on this story?
Andreyko: Well, as mentioned, I have read and seen the original novel and film as well as reading and seeing an advance cut of Let Me In. So, all the heavy lifting, tonally, was done for me.
Nrama: How much idea did Dark and Hammer films have for this miniseries before you came onboard? What was your part in developing the story of the miniseries?
Andreyko: When [Dark Horse editor] Scott Allie approached me about this, after restarting my heart, I knocked out a few plot ideas and, coincidence or luck, this one was something close to what [Let Me In] writer/producer Matt Reeves wanted to see. It was an amazingly pain-free process (which is unusual for sure. I wish they were all like this!)
Nrama: I’ve read an interview where the author of the original Swedish novel took issue to a comic version of his story. Do you have any thoughts on this?
Andreyko: To my understanding, it was not an issue with the comic in specific, but more than he has plans to explore the universe he created. I fully get his initial reticence, but I have a deep love for his work and would never do anything to "piss in the pool" (for want of a more graceful analogy).
Plus, the comic is part of the universe of the American remake and there are enough differences between this and his original that I’m fairly sure they can co-exist peacefully.Let Me In!