Gary Dauberman Says Salem’s Lot Will Stay True To King’s Story

June 27, 2019

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One concern of Stephen King fans is if an adaptation (and there’s a bunch) will adhere to the source material. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman eased those worries today when he confirmed that his and James Wan‘s upcoming adaptation of King’s novel Salem’s Lot will be as faithful to the original tale as possible.


The IT and Annabelle Comes Home writer had this to say:


I like to be as true to the story as I possibly can until it gets a little too unwieldly for a movie. I’m very, very excited to be a part of that and tackle it. It hasn’t had the big screen treatment yet, which is how I felt about it. It’s so fun to play around with vampires and make something trulys cary with vampires. I haven’t seen that in a long, long time, and I’m excited for people to see it.”



While the 1979 Tobe Hooper-directed TV adaptation of King’s novel was scary, it was also very different from the book, especially when it came to the character of Kurt Barlow.


Dauberman is right about the fact it has been a long time since we got a truly scare vampire film. I’m not sure why the blood-sucking night stalkers we love so much went from scary to sparkling (Twilight I’m looking at you), but personally, I would love to see a return to scary vampire movies. The last really vicious vamp movie that really delivered on the action, blood and body count on an epic scale was 2007’s 30 Days of Night. I miss movies like that.

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