It never goes out of style to adapt Stephen King’s stories for a new audience. And one of his most classic appears to be next in line. One of the hottest hands in horror these days, Gary Dauberman, has been hired to write the script for a Salem’s Lot movie.
Salem’s Lot was the second novel ever published by King, and he’s said numerous times throughout the years that it remains one of his favorites The plot revolves around an author who returns to his hometown in New England. But upon reacclimating to the town, he finds that it’s actually become infested with vampires.
The property has been adapted several times already in the past. Much like It, Salem’s Lot was created into a television miniseries in 1979. Starring David Soul as Ben Mears, the miniseries earned a trio of Primetime Emmy nominations. It was adapted again for television in 2004 with Rob Lowe as the lead. That version too earned an Emmy nod.
New Line Cinemas bringing in Dauberman to write the Salem’s Lot movie seems like a perfect fit. The scribe is all over some of the hottest horror properties out there these days. He’s played a major role in helping to develop James Wan’s The Conjuring universe. Dauberman wrote Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun. And he’ll make his directorial debut with Annabelle Comes Home which he also penned.
Dauberman’s Salem’s Lot movie script won’t be the first he’s tackled in King’s realm. He’s also credited for co-writing It and It: Chapter 2. He’ll also get credit as an executive producer on Salem’s Lot, alongside the project’s other producers of James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.
Salem’s Lot is far from the only King created project being developed for film. Pet Semetary recently released in theaters. And there are reportedly films in the works based upon Mile 81 and The Long Walk too.