Stephen King adaptations continue to reign supreme. Recently the Epix vampire series “Chapelwaite” (review), based on King’s short story Jerusalem’s Lot, made its premiere. Now, a new adaptation of King’s Salem’s Lot is on its way from horror legend James Wan who is producing the film written, directed, and executive produced by Gary Dauberman (It, Annabelle Comes Home, The Nun).
Today, the first casting news has arrived. THR is reporting that Lewis Pullman (The Strangers: Prey at Night) will be starring as author Ben Mears who returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot seeking inspiration for his next book only to find his hometown is being preyed upon by a vampire. Together with a ragtag group of residence, he sets out to fight the monster.
The new adaptation has been in the works for a while. Back in 2019, Dauberman teased what’s to come in a conversation with Slash Film. “I did have a unique way into it but again, I think the book in itself is unique,” Dauberman told the site. “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.” He continued, “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.”
The Story has been a popular one. The original adaptation of King’s novel was directed by Tobe Hooper in 1979 and was followed by a mini-series in 2004 that starred Rob Lowe.
Roy Lee, who has been behind films such as IT, The Ring (2002), Doctor Sleep, and Godzilla vs. Kong, will produce along with Mark Wolper (Murder in the First) who produced “Bates Motel” along with Lee.
We’ll keep you posted as news arrives. In the meantime, you can watch the original Salem’s Lot movie or the series on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube, or on DIRECTV.
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