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Stephen King Tweets Support for Upcoming ‘Salem’s Lot’ Remake Amid Delays

Salem's Lot

Will the Film See the Silver Screen?

No one can be blamed for forgetting that there was a Salem’s Lot remake scheduled to be released, assuming of course anyone knew there was a remake planned at all.

Originally scheduled for release in September 2022, the film was pushed to April 2023 before being removed from the Warner Bros. release calendar altogether. Months went by without any word on a new release date. Now, the author of the original 1975 novel, Stephen King, spoke out on X (formerly known as Twitter) about the current state of the project. 

King’s Response

With the constant delays and Warner Bros.’s failing to schedule another release date, it brings concern as to whether or not the film will see the light of day. Rumors began to spread that the studio was eyeing a potential Max release, the streaming service owned by Warner Bros. However, those claims have little to no evidence supporting them.

On February 19, King expressed his frustration on X: “Between you and me, Twitter, I’ve seen the new SALEM’S LOT and it’s quite good. Old-school horror filmmaking: slow build, big payoff. Not sure why WB [Warner Bros.] is holding it back; not like it’s embarrassing, or anything. Who knows. I just write the f****** things,” he tweeted. 

This isn’t King’s first time showing support for Salem’s Lot. On November 1, 2023, King posted to X, “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.”

He followed his statement up with another post on the same day: “It feels like a horror movie version of slow-burn movies like THE GREAT ESCAPE. It builds very well. There are diversions from the book I don’t agree with, but on the whole, faithful.” 

Reggie Nalder in “Salem’s Lot” | Image: Warner Bros.

Potential Tax Write-off?

Recently, Warner Bros. has become known for dropping films for tax write-offs. The controversial decisions first made headlines after the removal of Batgirl, which was set to premiere via streaming. The studio again found itself amidst controversy with Coyote vs. Acme. The Looney Tunes movie was going to be erased forever in exchange for tax write-offs. However, Warner Bros. would have allowed the film to be sold elsewhere if another studio was willing to purchase it. As of yet, the film hasn’t been bought.

There’s a sense of fear that Salem’s Lot could potentially be the next film on the chopping block. If Warner Bros. has been considering writing the film off, it seems like an odd move, especially with the film being praised by people like Stephen King. However, Coyote vs. Acme also received praise and was axed by the studio. Hopefully, the delays amount to nothing and Salem’s Lot will receive a release, whether it be in theaters or streaming. As of now, fans can only hope it won’t follow the trend of other Warner Bros. films. 

Bonnie Bedelia in “Salem’s Lot” | Image: Warner Bros.

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Mason Kupiainen is a recent Butler University graduate with a degree in Creative Media and Entertainment. His work has been published in Butler Collegiate, The Mall, and Byte BSU. Along with written work, he has a videography portfolio with Indy Blue Video, Byte BSU, and Ball Bearings.
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