Screenwriter Gary Dauberman has been the go-to writer for studio horror films lately as his credits include Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun, IT, IT: Chapter 2, and most recently Annabelle Comes Home which he is also directing (his feature film debut).
TheHollywoodReporter now reports that Gary will adapt the Stephen King novel Salem’s Lot for New Line Cinema which involves vampires, a horror subject that hasn’t been terribly successful lately. I assume the studio hopes Gary can bring the magic touch he brought to their IT adaptations.
Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown in order 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.
This wouldn’t be the first adaption as Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Tobe Hooper directed a TV movie back in 1979, which is most commonly connected with the novel.
A director isn’t named but there seems to be a good chance that Dauberman could end up doing it if Annabelle Comes Home does well at the box office. When and where the film will begin production remains to be seen.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER