The Hollywood Reporter reported on new creative team tackling Spyglass Media’s Hellraiser reboot and also have word that New Line Cinema has tasked screenwriter turned director Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home) to tackle their feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot.
Gary had been previously writing the horror flick’s script before his eventual hiring as the director and isn’t a stranger to the world of Stephen King tackling the scripts for the two IT movies.
King’s work was turned into a television miniseries in 1979.
SALEM’S LOT – Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown to write about an abandoned mansion in the small town. As he discovers the home has been bought by a mysterious man from Europe, the man also realizes that townspeople are slowly being turned into vampires. The writer bands together with a ragtag group to stop the spread of vampires, with the final confrontation happening in the house with the mysterious man.
Gary is likely best known as a screenwriter working on projects such as IT, IT: Chapter Two, The Nun, Annabelle, Annabelle, Annabelle Creation, Swamp Thing, Are You Afraid of The Dark?, and his directorial debut Annabelle Comes Home.
Saw and The Conjuring director James Wan is producing.
Estimated production dates or release dates for the horror film wasn’t mentioned in the report. However, with the COVID-19 global pandemic, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be able to begin shooting anytime soon.