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Everything We Know About the ‘Salem’s Lot’ Remake

Gary Dauberman’s adaptation of the Stephen King classic, “Salem’s Lot,” has been postponed again and has no current release date. Five people stand under the "Salem's Lot" city sign in the snow across from a creepy castle.

Warner Bros. Makes No Promises

You would be forgiven if you forgot about, let alone weren’t even aware, that a remake of Salem’s Lot has been filmed. The newest adaptation of the second book, published by renowned author Stephen King, has been in the works for years. This follows in the footsteps of adapting popular works from King’s enormous library after the success of the two It films. 

After production came to a close, news regarding the film has quieted down. If you are an avid book lover who roams around bookstores, you may remember seeing copies of Salem’s Lot on store shelves with the poster of the new movie gracing the covers with the words “Now a major motion picture” stamped across it in August of 2022. As 2023 comes to a close, another year has passed, and the movie still hasn’t been released. Below is everything we know about the new movie.

Who’s behind the project? 

Starring in the film is Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick) as Ben Mears. Co-starring are Makenzie Leigh (Gotham), Alfre Woodard (Annabelle), Bill Camp (Sound of Freedom), and John Benjamin Hickey (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). Produced by James Wan, the film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman, the writer of popular horror films such as 2014’s Annabelle and its two sequels, Annabelle: Creation and Annabelle Comes Home, as well as directing the third film. Sticking with the Conjuring universe, Dauberman also wrote The Nun and The Nun II, as well as the Stephen King adaptation, It and It: Chapter Two. 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dauberman was asked if his approach to writing the It films was being applied to Salem’s Lot. He replied, “I’m very, very excited to be a part of Salem’s Lot and tackle it. It hasn’t had the big screen treatment yet, which is how I felt about It. It’s so fun to play around with vampires and make something truly scary.” 

Current Status

As of now, the film still doesn’t have an official release date. Originally scheduled for a September 9, 2022 release, the movie was pushed to April 21, 2023. Not long after the move, Warner Brothers removed it from the calendar and stuck Evil Dead Rise in its place. After the constant changes in the theatrical release date, an exclusive article in Variety reported that the film was being examined for a possible release on Max, skipping the theatrical release entirely. 

Gary Dauberman’s adaptation of the Stephen King classic, “Salem’s Lot,” has been postponed again and has no current release date. Vampire raises his arms and bears teeth.
This image is courtesy of Warner Bros. Television.

In the Variety article, they claimed that the possible streaming release was not due to a lack of quality but simply as a way to have enough content for the streaming platform due to the actors’ and writers’ strikes causing a delay in productions. A spokesperson for Warner Brothers was reported as stating, “No decision has been made about the film’s future distribution plans.” As of now, there is still no official word on where or when the film will premiere. 

King’s Views On The Film

As the film is currently sitting on a shelf by Warner Brothers, author Stephen King has been able to see a screening of it. In a post on X, King wrote, “The Warner Bros. remake of SALEM’S LOT, currently shelved, is muscular and involving. It has the feel of “Old Hollywood,” when a film was given a chance to draw a breath before getting to business. When attention spans were longer, in other words.” 

While these praises should be taken with a grain of salt, due to King’s involvement with the project, they are still promising. It provides some hope that the film will see the light of day rather than being tossed away so the studios can receive a tax write-off, similar to how other Warner Bros. projects have been treated lately. 

The Exclusive Cinemacon Footage

Outside of the movie-tie in cover for the book, no other promotional material has been released by the studio. However, an exclusive sneak peek was shown to audiences attending Cinemacon in the spring of 2022, footage that still has yet to be shown to the public. Reactions to the footage were positive and stirred some buzz for the film at the time. Jess Sneider, an insider in Hollywood, posted a tweet at the time saying, “Salem’s Lot does indeed look like a smart theatrical play, and closes with a killer trailer moment similar to that first Conjuring trailer that helped make that movie such a hit. Just swap in Bill Camp for Lily Taylor.” 

Other reactions to the footage shown continued to praise it. The common phrases claimed the footage was exciting and scary. Whether or not any of this praise is truly a reflection of the trailer that was shown or simply the footage catching a wave of excitement from audiences thrilled to be attending the convention is yet to be seen. As of now, regular movie lovers will have to wait and see if the film will ever be released. Hopefully, it won’t take a vampire’s eternity to find out.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Salem’s Lot remake.

Gary Dauberman’s adaptation of the Stephen King classic, “Salem’s Lot,” has been postponed again and has no current release date. A vampire sits in a rocking chair with glowing eyes.
This image is courtesy of Warner Bros. Television.

Salem’s Lot (1979) Official Shudder Trailer 

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