Filmmakers seem to be drawn to the powerful works from the mind well of Stephen King. Now to add to the list of King adapted properties comes Salem’s Lot. Originally published by King in 1975, the plot deals with vampires. Not the variety that twinkle-in-the sunlight vampires either. Nope, these are the sorts that would be at home in a good Steve Niles tale set in Barrow, Alaska.
Now we have word that Aquaman director James Wan will be producing an adaption of King’s Salem’s Lot. Since we’re talking James Wan we can rest assured there will be thrills, chills, and an elevated level of fear. As Wan’s body of work includes not only Aquaman, and the Saw franchise, but Insidious, and The Conjuring too. It’s also worth mentioning that his Lovecraftian monstrosities from Aquaman’s the Trench are getting their own film.
Wan is the next person standing at bat when it comes to adaptations of King’s Salem’s Lot. Way back in 1979 Salem’s Lot was adapted into a two-part TV mini-series. Later in 2004 Salem’s Lot was adapted again into a TV mini-series. It’s nice to know the property will be in the hands of Wan, even if he’s producing and not directing. Presently there is no director attached, so who knows Wan could very well direct the film.
The synopsis for the 1975 book goes:
“Author Ben Mears returns to ‘Salem’s Lot to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood only to find his isolated hometown infested with vampires. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears convinces a small group of believers to combat the undead.”
Sound interesting? When’s the last time we’ve had a good vampire flick? Let The Right One In comes to mind, but that wasn’t recent as it was released in 2008. The Blade trilogy for sure but the focus was more on action. A part of me thinks if this does well, there will be a resurgence of vampire horror.
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