SALEM'S LOT Remake Will Likely Skip Theaters And Go Directly To Max; Stephen King Shares Reaction

SALEM'S LOT Remake Will Likely Skip Theaters And Go Directly To Max; Stephen King Shares Reaction SALEM'S LOT Remake Will Likely Skip Theaters And Go Directly To Max; Stephen King Shares Reaction

It's been radio silence on Warner Bros.' re-adaptation of Salem's Lot for quite a while, but we finally have an update. Stephen King has also shared his thoughts on the film...

By MarkCassidy - Nov 03, 2023 06:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Horror
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We finally have an update on the Salem's Lot remake, and there's good and bad news for fans of Stephen King's seminal vampire tale.

Last summer, we got word that Warner Bros. and New Line's upcoming re-adaptation had been pushed back to April 21, 2023 after previously being scheduled to open on September 9, 2022. Since then, the movie appeared to be removed from the schedule altogether, and it's been radio silence since.

Now, Variety reports that the current plan is for the Gary Dauberman-directed horror film to debut on the Max streaming service, although "no decision has been made" just yet.

According to the trade, the move from the big screen "is not a reflection of the film’s quality, but is due to the fact that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has created a growing need for Max content."

A trailer debuted at CinemaCon last year, but has yet to be released online. In fact, the only official look we've had at the movie is the following promo image showing the lead characters looking at the Marsten house, so let's hope the studio shares a teaser as soon as a decision is made.

Salem's Lot' Movie Likely Headed to Max

King has seen Salem's Lot, and shared his thoughts on X (formerly Twitter).

The movie stars Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, Pilou Asbæk, Makenzie Leigh, and Spencer Treat Clark. Recent IT adaptation writer Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home) directs, and also penned the screenplay.

The book tells the story of a writer named Ben Mears who returns to his childhood town of Jerusalem's Lot only to find himself drawn to an old house that traumatized him as a child. The Marsten House is an evil place, and an evil place attracts evil men. Unfortunately for Ben and the rest of the town, this time the evil men in question are powerful vampire Kurt Barlow and his devious familiar Richard Straker.

Salem's Lot was previously adapted as a 1979 miniseries from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, featuring a scene with child-vampire scratching at the window which terrified an entire generation. There was also a far less successful 2004 version starring Rob Lowe.

Are you looking forward to a new take on Salem's Lot? Be sure to drop us a comment down below.

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CorndogBurglar - 11/3/2023, 7:40 AM
I'm always up for remade Stephen King movies. Most of his old movies were pretty bad, quite honestly, and don't hold up. There are a few good ones like Kujo and Pet Cemetery. But most are pretty bad. Even Salem's LOT, which was a decent movie, struggles to hold up these days. So I'm all for it.
LSHF - 11/3/2023, 7:46 AM
Well, if the information is from Variety, then you know it's fact. <---sarcasm.
Reginator - 11/3/2023, 8:33 AM
the 1979 series scared the crap out of me. still remember the vamp kid scratching at that window.
thedrudo - 11/3/2023, 9:53 AM
I'm excited for this one despite WB's apparent hesitation to release it.

For me, the most exciting thing King tweeted is there is a scene he says feels like it was directed by John Carpenter in his priime. That's high praise and I need to see it ASAP!
thedrudo - 11/3/2023, 9:53 AM
@thedrudo - *prime
narrow290 - 11/3/2023, 10:46 AM
Some news finally! I've been waiting a long time for this, we need a trailer!!
bobevanz - 11/3/2023, 10:52 AM
This wasn't gonna make any money, but putting it on streaming only is a smack to the face..
Forthas - 11/3/2023, 11:45 AM
After seeing the decent film Last Voyage of the Demeter barely even register at the box office, I cant blame them!
Demigods - 11/3/2023, 6:57 PM
@Forthas - to be fair... the marketing for that was apparently abysmal, according to people who do that for a living. But it didn't help that the movie itself was incredibly forgettable. And this is coming from someone who LOVES Bram Stoker's Dracula. He's probably my favorite character, with all of the various incarnations done of him. So, when I heard there was a Nosferatu looking, bestial version, I was so stoked... but I watched a kid die (and I have 3 young ones, so that crap chokes me up now) with little more than a yawn.

It was a GREAT concept, but poorly executed and realized.
Forthas - 11/3/2023, 7:42 PM
@Demigods - I am with you 100%! I don't defend the film with the hope that it would win an Oscar or make a billion dollars, I do so as a gauge as to how much interest there is in vampire films. While the film did some good things, I also did not like the fact the kid was killed (it is something that turns me of to films). Also the very end was a bit corny.

The concept was excellent and you are right it was just not executed well. I still think it should have done better than it did. Looking past my personal bias of the film, it was better than a lot of other vampire films (cough..Morbius...cough) that made a lot of money. Between this film, the Invitation, and Jamie Foxx film Day seems like no one cares about vampires anymore.
Demigods - 11/4/2023, 12:28 PM
@Forthas - That may be true. I'd have to see how Interview With a Vampire on AMC did as well. I think the problem with the past few vampire films is that they've just became so corny lately. It's like everyone is trying to replicate some of the magic of Superhero movies OR they're just not putting in the effort to do anything beyond a cool concept.

For instance, Renfield was more of a dark comedic superhero film than a Dracula movie. Morbius-very clearly superhero movie. Dracula Untold (and Mummy for that matter) were basically superhero movies.. Day Shift- simply written lazily and executed poorly (I mean they HAD to play "California Love" at the beginning, otherwise, we wouldn't have any clue that it's based in LA). I've already went on a tirade about The Demeter.

I do think that you're right and that there is definitely a decline in vampire stories, but most movies about vampires are adaptations of existing stories, but "done with a new twist." and that twist is typically dog shit, shoe horned BS to fit a modern narrative, relying on flimsy storytelling, bad VFX with little character development, or an overemphasis on hammy stuff.

The Invitation was soooo good.... until it wasn't. Demeter was actually pretty good, until it wasn't. Renfield was great when it was just Nicholas Cage as Dracula. It's just that so many have been done irreverently, and with zero adherence to what made the source material great.

V-Wars was a great and entertaining read, but the show had to make it about something else and change the plot entirely.

I still found some value in these movies, but they're all a let down, and not of the vampire aspects of the show, but rather the irreverent attitude towards the source material. It feels like Vampires are getting the Superhero treatment, pre-Marvel and TDK times. Like, they're all too scared to just dive whole heartedly into a vampire story, so they need to make it the latest Hollywood vogue version of a vampire... and we're getting crap like the third X-Men and later seasons of Smallville, instead of Bram Stoker's Dracula or 30 Days of Night.
grif - 11/3/2023, 1:54 PM
is it because of the 2 vampire flops universal made this year?
Demigods - 11/3/2023, 6:58 PM
@grif - Dude I LOVE Dracula too, and I REALLY wanted to like those movies... but both were SOOOOOOO [frick]ing disappointing.
Nightmare - 11/3/2023, 2:24 PM
Kinda surprised given the success of Evil Dead Rise. Early reactions to the trailer were good, but I get the need for streaming content. Should so better than Paramounts Pet Semetery spinoff.
Demigods - 11/3/2023, 7:00 PM
Dude I'm stoked to see that there's SOME news about this. I was stoked when they announced this, stoked about the reactions I've heard, stoked about so much of it... and then it just fell to the back burner. I'm REALLY hoping this turns out to be great, despite all of the nonsense. Salem's Lot is one of my favorite King Books, and Barlow's presence of inevitable impending doom was so creepy to read about. Hopefully this does it justice.

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