The King of Horror has another adaptation of his prolific work coming to the big screen and this one has found a director.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen King’s vampires in a small town tale Salem’s Lot will be adapted to the big screen by New Line and Warner Brothers. Salem’s Lot tells the story of writer Ben Mears who returns to his hometown to write about the abandoned Marsten House, which haunted him as a kid. When he returns, he discovers that the house has been purchased by a mysterious man named Kurt Barlow. The mystery gets deeper when the residents of the town start to turn into vampires.

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James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper are producing the film and writer Gary Dauberman has been tapped to direct his screenplay. Dauberman made his directorial debut with Annabelle Comes Home, which he also wrote. He is no stranger to the Stephen King universe having written the screenplays for It and It Chapter Two. He is also the writer of the original Annabelle film as well as its sequel Annabelle Creation and other The Conjuring spinoffs including The Nun.

Originally published in 1975, Salem’s Lot has been adapted before into a television miniseries in 1979 with a sequel A Return to Salem’s Lot to follow in 1987, TNT produced a new version of the miniseries in 2004 and Marsten House itself is featured in the second season of the HULU original series Castle Rock, based on the works of King.

 

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