James Wan (The Conjuring franchise) and Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home) are teaming up for the adaptation of Stephen King‘s Salem’s Lot for New Line.
Dauberman, who wrote the script, has stated that he hasn’t seen a “scary vampire movie in a long, long time” and plans to change that with the new adaptation.
I did have a unique way into it but again, I think the book in itself is unique. Certainly now, I haven’t seen a scary vampire movie in a long, long time and I’d really love to tackle that. It’s one of my favorite books. It’s one of my favorite Stephen King books. We felt it should have the cinematic treatment that we gave It. It was a miniseries as well. The experience of bringing that to the big screen was such a joy that I was so happy we will have the opportunity to do that for Salem’s Lot.”
Salem’s Lot is the only thing that’s in front of me right now that I want to work on. It’s been fun exploring the dark corners of that town. I’m kind of a one track mind. I don’t plot too far ahead and I’m overjoyed I get to work on Salem’s Lot so right now that’s all there is for me. There’s a number of stuff in the works that I’m not a part of that I’m very excited to see when they eventually come out.“
It has been a long time since we’ve seen a truly scary vampire film. I hope that Salem’s Lot will change that. The film will mark the first time Salem’s Lot has come to the big screen. The original 1979 miniseries from director Tobe Hooper follows a novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
Dauberman will also executive produce with Wan producing along with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.