Fans of Stephen King have a lot to look forward to in 2022!
A remake of King’s classic “Christine” is already in the works. The project is helmed by Bryan Fuller, the showrunner of the NBC series “Hannibal.” Fuller has hinted that his adaption will be pretty faithful to the source material, and also described his remake as “horny as h—.”
To make things even better, yet another remake of “Salem’s Lot” is in the works. The novel, which tells the story of a sleepy town being overwhelmed by vampires, has been remade several times over the years through movies and television series. The first adaption was a two-night CBS miniseries that was released in 1979, shortly after the novel was published. In 2004, Rob Lowe starred in another miniseries, but it failed to capture the success of the original.
Now, in 2022, fans have their fingers crossed that this remake will be one that they can really sink their teeth into.
Who Is Bringing ‘Salem’s Lot’ To The Big Screen?
Screenwriter Gary Dauberman has been tasked with bringing King’s novel to the silver screen, and will also serve as the film’s director. Dauberman is no stranger to King’s works or the horror genre. He co-wrote “IT” and “IT: Chapter Two,” as well as directed “Annabelle Comes Home.”
James Wan, who found success in the “Saw” franchise, will produce the film along with Roy Lee, Michael Clear, and Mark Wolper for Warner Bros.
Lewis Pullman is set to star as lead Ben Mears. Makenzie Leigh has been cast as Ben’s love interest Susan Norton. Bill Camp has been cast as teacher Matthew Burke, and Spencer Treat Clark will appear as Mike Ryerson. Pilou Asbæk has been cast as Richard Straker and Alfre Woodard will appear as Dr. Cody.
William Sadler, who King fans will recognize from “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile,” has been cast as the primary antagonist, Vampire Kurt Barlow.
What Is ‘Salem’s Lot’ About?
“Salem’s Lot” tells the story of successful author Ben Mears, who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot. Mears is struggling with writer’s block and hopes that he can find inspiration from the “old Marsten House” on the edge of town. When Mears returns, he finds that the Marsten House has been bought by Richard Staker, a mysterious man who seems to be covering for his absent business partner, Kurt Barlow. As people mysteriously begin disappearing, Mears must uncover the secret of the Marsten House in order to try to save his town.
According to Dauberman, the film will be a faithful adaption of the novel while still providing its own unique elements to make it stand out from its predecessors. Due to time restraints, not all events from the novel will make it into the film, but the overall plot will be more or less the same.
The latest adaption of “Salem’s Lot” is currently slated for a release date of September 9, 2022. It will be available for streaming on HBO Max forty-five days after its release.