SALEM'S LOT Author Stephen King Wonders Why Warner Bros. Is "Holding Back" Gary Dauberman's Adaptation

SALEM'S LOT Author Stephen King Wonders Why Warner Bros. Is "Holding Back" Gary Dauberman's Adaptation SALEM'S LOT Author Stephen King Wonders Why Warner Bros. Is "Holding Back" Gary Dauberman's Adaptation

What is going on with Gary Dauberman's re-adaptation of classic vampire novel Salem's Lot? It seems author Stephen King is just as curious about the movie's status as the rest of us...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 19, 2024 08:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Movies

Back in 2022, we got word that Warner Bros. and New Line's upcoming re-adaptation of Salem's Lot had been pushed back to April 21, 2023 after previously being scheduled to open on September 9 the previous year. Since then, the movie appeared to be removed from the schedule altogether.

Then, last year, we learned that the plan was for the Gary Dauberman-directed horror film to debut on the Max streaming service, although the decision was not final

According to reports at the time, the move from the big screen was "not a reflection of the film’s quality, but is due to the fact that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has created a growing need for Max content."

The strikes were resolved last last year, but there's been no word on Salem's Lot status. Now, author Stephen King has taken to social media to reveal that he has seen the movie, and wonder why the studio is "holding back."

A trailer debuted at CinemaCon in 2022, but has yet to be released online. In fact, the only official look we've had at the movie is the following promo image showing the lead characters looking at the Marsten house, so let's hope the studio shares a teaser as soon as a decision is made.

Salem's Lot' Movie Likely Headed to Max

The movie stars Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, Pilou Asbæk, Makenzie Leigh, and Spencer Treat Clark. Recent IT adaptation writer Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home) directs, and also penned the screenplay.

The book tells the story of a writer named Ben Mears who returns to his childhood town of Jerusalem's Lot only to find himself drawn to an old house that traumatized him as a child. The Marsten House is an evil place, and an evil place attracts evil men. Unfortunately for Ben and the rest of the town, this time the evil men in question are powerful vampire Kurt Barlow and his devious familiar Richard Straker.

Salem's Lot was previously adapted as a 1979 miniseries from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, featuring a scene with child-vampire scratching at the window which terrified an entire generation. There was also a far less successful 2004 version starring Rob Lowe.

Are you looking forward to a new take on Salem's Lot? Be sure to drop us a comment down below.

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Forthas
Forthas - 2/19/2024, 11:29 PM
I have been asking about this film for two years. It is clear it's going to be a tax write off.

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