James Wan's production company Atomic Monster is setting up a remake of Stephen King's classic horror Salem’s Lot. Wan has drafted in the talents of Gary Dauberman to write the script, which will mark his second adaptation of a Stephen King book after his work on both chapters of It.
King's book tales the nightmarish tale of a successful author, Ben Mears, who returns to his childhood hometown to research his latest book. However, it is far from the idyllic quant town he remembers as the mysterious new owner appears to have a powerful hold over the inhabitants. Mears comes to discover that the locals are steadily being turned into vampires, and aided with some unturned allies, it's up to Mears to save the day.
Despite being one of King's most well-known creations, this will be the first time Salem's Lot has been adapted for the big screen. The 1979 take that starred David Soul, and a perfectly cast James Mason, was a TV mini-series, as was the 2004 version that featured Rob Lowe, and Donald Sutherland. There is currently no director attached, but with his commitments to Aquaman 2 and another King adaption with The Tommyknockers, it's unlikely to be James Wan. He's so busy with other projects; Wan handed directing duties on The Conjuring 3 to Michael Chaves who recently helmed Conjuring Universe spin-off The Curse of La Llorona. Wan has said he wants to tackle something small before venturing back to Aquaman, but he's yet to confirm any details as he's been enjoying a much-needed rest.
Gary Dauberman has become the co-architect for The Conjuring Universe having written Annabelle, The Nun, Annabelle Creation, and makes his directorial debut with the forthcoming Annabelle Comes Home. Dauberman could well end up directing Salem's Lot, but that's just speculation for now.
Annabelle Comes Home arrives in cinemas on June 28.