Dark Horse Comics and Exclusive Media Group's Hammer Films announced today they are partnering to create a series of co-branded original graphic novels and comic books. Their first collaboration will be inspired by Hammer Films' upcoming suspense thriller Let Me in. The film, based on the 2008 widely acclaimed Tomas Alfredson directed Swedish film Lat den ratte komma in a.k.a. Let the Right One in, is being produced by the legendary British film brand Hammer Films, and written and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield. While the storyline of the companion graphic novel is being kept under wraps, Dark Horse Comics and writer Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Predators) are working with Hammer to create a chilling and exciting comic that will incorporate some of the film's characters and mythology with some fresh themes. The Let Me in graphic novel will be distributed in stores in conjunction with its theatrical release from Overture Films in October 2010.
Let Me in, tells a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old boy named Owen (Kodi Smith-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens's age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.
"From the beginning, Dark Horse has always eyed the most inventive stories and creators" said Dark Horse Publisher, Mike Richardson. "The existing Hammer Films library represents some of the most exciting horror stories ever told. Let Me in is easily one of the most chilling and exciting horror stories to come along in years. As we have learned time and time again, comics provides the perfect place to expand on the storyline."
"I am excited that Dark Horse is working with us on this project. They have assembled an incredible creative team, and I can't wait to see it progress" said Matt Reeves.
"Mike and I have known each other for over 20 years, and we are delighted to be in partnership with him and Dark Horse. We are in very capable hands" said Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and CEO of Exclusive Media Group.
"Dark Horse has a fantastic track record of creating amazing characters and stories, as well as adapting and re invigorating Intellectual Properties," said Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films. "I am thrilled that Hammer has found a partner in Mike Richardson and Dark Horse to explore Let Me in."