With the recent release of the new iteration of Pet Sematary hitting theaters a few weeks back and the highly anticipated IT: Chapter Two arriving this fall, it’s safe to say that the Stephen King Renaissance is in full swing these days. For instance, just last month, an adaptation of King’s fantasy novel The Talisman (co-written by Peter Straub) landed a director from The Handmaid’s Tale. Meanwhile two of the co-writers for last year’s A Quiet Place were picked up to write a script on King’s short story The Boogeyman. However one of King’s finest works is finally being revisited- and from a potentially promising pair at that!
It is being reported that The Conjuring masterminds James Wan (Saw, Aquaman) and Gary Dauberman are working on a new adaptation of King’s second novel, ‘Salem’s Lot! Roy Lee and Mark Wolper are also producing the film. Currently there is no director attached, although the gig could very easily go to either Wan or Dauberman, as the former’s credentials speak for themselves at this point and the latter is making his directorial debut this summer with Annabelle Comes Home.
For the uninitiated, the book tells the story of a widower author who returns to his childhood hometown, only to uncover a vampiric threat that’s exploiting the seedy underbelly of the town of ‘Salem’s Lot. Having been previously adapted via two different television mini-series in 1979 and 2004, this will be the first silver screen adaptation of ‘Salem’s Lot.
I cannot express enough excitement from this news. I’m not sure who I would hope helms the film personally, but ‘Salem’s Lot was the first novel I read from King and it still ranks among my Top Three or Five of his works ever. It might not be as immediately iconic as say The Shining or IT, but as far as gothic horror stories about vampires go, it’s hard to find very many better novels than ‘Salem’s Lot.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter