Stephen King Wants To Know Why WB Won't Release SALEM'S LOT: "All I Do Is Write The F*cking Things"

Stephen King Wants To Know Why WB Won't Release SALEM'S LOT: "All I Do Is Write The F*cking Things" Stephen King Wants To Know Why WB Won't Release SALEM'S LOT: "All I Do Is Write The F*cking Things"

Gary Dauberman's re-adaptation of classic vampire novel, Salem's Lot, was recently removed from Warner Bros.' schedule, and author Stephen King is wondering what the heck is going on...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 20, 2024 12:02 PM EST
Filed Under: Horror
Source: Via FearHQ.com

It seems Stephen King is just as curious - and frustrated - about the current status of Warner Bros.' re-adaptation of his best-selling vampire novel, Salem's Lot, as the rest of us.

Back in 2022, we got word that the movie had been pushed back to April 21, 2023 after previously being scheduled to open on September 9 the previous year. Since then, Salem's Lot appeared to be removed from the schedule altogether.

Then, last year, we learned that the plan was for the Gary Dauberman-directed horror film to debut on the Max streaming service, although the decision was not final

According to reports at the time, the move from the big screen was "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."

The strikes were resolved last last year, but there's been no word on Salem's Lot status. Now, author Stephen King has taken to social media to reveal that he has seen the movie, and wonder why the studio is "holding back."

A trailer debuted at CinemaCon in 2022, 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

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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Unites
Unites - 2/20/2024, 12:28 PM
The involvement of 'Gary Dauberman' should tell everyone that the movie can't be good.
soberchimera
soberchimera - 2/20/2024, 12:30 PM
@Unites - He was one of the showrunners of Swamp Thing which was quite good despite ending abruptly.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 2/20/2024, 12:46 PM
@soberchimera - "one of" meaning he could still be the rotten apple in the bunch
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 2/20/2024, 1:14 PM
@soberchimera - Swamp Thing forever!

Razorface1
Razorface1 - 2/20/2024, 2:28 PM
@Unites - The involvement of 'Stephen King' should tell everyone that the movie can't be good.
TrentCrimm
TrentCrimm - 2/20/2024, 4:12 PM
@Razorface1 -

That was kind of my thinking as well lol

King doesn't have a good track record when it comes to his involvement in TV and movies, so I don't know why people are giving him so many props.
Nevermind Dauberman and his very lackluster resume.
cyclopsprime
cyclopsprime - 2/20/2024, 12:29 PM
it's probably on the chopping block by Zaslav
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 2/20/2024, 1:26 PM
@cyclopsprime - should be the other way around...
Zaslav on the chopping block.
cyclopsprime
cyclopsprime - 2/20/2024, 1:49 PM
@lazlodaytona - hopefully the prophecy will come true
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 2/20/2024, 12:32 PM
Tax write off? worked for Batgirl
marvel72
marvel72 - 2/20/2024, 1:33 PM
@HashTagSwagg - Batgirl write of earned them more money than most of the comic book movies released last year.
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 2/20/2024, 1:37 PM
@marvel72 - Zaslav should get a promotion for that move.
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 2/20/2024, 12:37 PM
Damn. Hope it's released. Would love to see a decent retelling of the story.
Spidey91
Spidey91 - 2/20/2024, 12:46 PM
It's now probably a part of their money laundering scheme, err, I mean, tax write-off scheme. It's amazing how a single company can make so many products for the sole purpose of not selling them.
SteelGunZ
SteelGunZ - 2/20/2024, 12:47 PM
Maybe some of these studios are starting to see what happens when you make movies around politics and agendas.

YOU LOSE FANS AND MONEY!
thedrudo
thedrudo - 2/20/2024, 1:05 PM
@SteelGunZ - Please explain how the new SL does this. How did you see it early?
SteelGunZ
SteelGunZ - 2/20/2024, 2:11 PM
@thedrudo - I mean it's been the norm in Hollywood for the past 5yrs or so, so I just figured this was the case here.
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