Stephen King might be one of the most adapted modern day authors, and this Salem’s Lot adaptation wants to push the horror he’s known for. The screenwriter Gary Dauberman has given many interviews about wanting this movie version to make vampires frightening again. This is the same screenwriter who adapted the recent movie version of IT so I think he can handle that!
If you think you missed something, don’t worry! The release date was changed from Fall 2022 to April 2023, and has now been indefinitely postponed.
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This page was updated: 11/5/23
About The Book:
Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.
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Current Production Status:
Completed and waiting for release (rumored to be heading to a streaming service)
Salem’s Lot Adaptation Timeline:
In April 2019 New Line Cinema announced the new Salem’s Lot adaptation with the screenwriter who had just finished another Stephen King project, the IT movies. He was also announced as the director a year later in Spring 2020. After delays in production because of the Covid pandemic, Lewis Pullman was announced as the lead in August 2021. Filming began the next month in various locations around Massachusetts. Re-shots were done in early 2022. While it was first announced that the movie would be released September 2022, in July it was changed to April 21st, 2023 citing “COVID-related delays in the post-production realm”.
In late August 2022 the film was taken off the release schedule and indefinitely postponed.
In October 2023 it was rumored that the movie was being moved to a streaming only release on Max.
Who Owns The Rights:
New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster, and Warner Bros. all produced the film with WB handling distribution as well.
Who Is Attached:
Lewis Pullman, Spencer Treat Clark, and William Sadler are all starring in the film.
The movie filmed in various locations around Massachusetts including Ipswich, Boston, Westford, Stow, Princeton, and Clinton.
Indefinitely postponed (after being delayed from an April 2023 theater release.)
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