'It’ Screenwriter and ‘The Conjuring’ Director Adapting Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot’

The 1975 vampire novel 'Salem's Lot' is King's second published work.

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The list of Stephen King novels getting adapted to big-screen motion pictures keeps growing. The Wrap has confirmed that a film for the 1975 novel 'Salem's Lot is in the works. Aquaman auteur James Wan and screenwriter Gary Dauberman, who have collaborated on several projects in the Conjuring universe, have officially jumped on board for the reimagining of the small town vampire tale.

Wan made his debut in 2004 with the cult classic Saw and has since directed and produced a bevy of horror films, including the Insidious series, as well as first two Conjuring movies. He has worked alongside Dauberman on the three installments of the Annabelle franchise. Dauberman is no stranger to Stephen King IP, as he worked on the screenplay for 2017's It, as well as the upcoming sequel. His directorial debut arrives in June with Annabelle Comes Home.

'Salem's Lot is King's second published work, sandwiched between Carrie and The Shining. The adaptation will be its first on the big screen, although it's been adapted for TV. In 1979, Tobe Hooper, director of the fan favorite The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed a TV miniseries. A sequel to the adaptation came in the form of the Larry Cohen-directed A Return to Salem's Lot. In 2004, TNT featured a new version of the story, starring Rob Lowe.

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It: Chapter Two is set to release Sept. 6 of this year, then the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep drops Nov. 8.

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