Star of Upcoming “’Salem’s Lot” Remake Wants Fans to Know That This Adaptation is Faithful to Stephen King’s 1975 Novel

When we first checked in on director Gary Dauberman’s plans for a new remake of the classic Stephen King novel ‘Salem’s  Lot it was, in many ways, a simpler time: Such a creature as COVID-19 had not as of yet reared its ugly head and Warner Bros. had nary a glimmer of a tumultuous merger with Discovery; boy, what a difference three years makes. The Great Plague of the 21st Century has come and sorta vamoosed and another insidious plague – that of endless company mergers which leaves even us scratching our heads attempting to remember which studio was originally what – has also for the moment come and gone, leaving behind an oddball entity known now far-and-wide as Warner Discovery. But what has all of this tumult both in the “real world” and in the land of pop culture done to this latest iteration of ‘Salem’s Lot? Luckily for you Dear and Constant Reader we have an answer or three to parcel out for you…

From our delightfully ghoulish pals over at Bloody Disgusting comes the news that – as we all cool our heels awaiting an official release date for Gary Dauberman’s ‘Salem’s Lot – at least one of the stars of this upcoming Stephen King fright-fest, Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick), is going firmly on record as stating that of the two prior takes on this story about a small Maine town overrun by vampires, this upcoming rendition is quite a bit more faithful to the words written by King way back in 1975 than anything we’ve seen since (with apologies to one of our fave directors Tobe Hooper).

“Gary Dauberman, the director, is really keen on doing justice to the book. But also, the previous adaptation was a two-parter, because it’s such a hefty book and there are so many different moving parts and so many characters. So there are some parts where Gary had to press and find what was really at the heart of the movie to keep in, but for the most part, he’s really true to the book and keeping a lot of the original dialogue in there. He’s a Stephen King hound dog so he doesn’t wanna do Stephen dirty,” Pullman recently said in a sit-down interview, adding that “…I think it’s in good hands, Gary’s a really smart guy who has a keen eye for things. I think, not just lean on the jump scares, but lean on the more conceptual and visual things that, rather than a shock that fades out of your body in the next five minutes, something that’s more visual, like an imprint that burnt into your retinas as a disturbing image that you’ll wake up in the middle of the night that you can’t shake out of your head.”

As huge fans of King’s ‘Salem’s Lot – a novel we feel may actually be his best (and that’s saying a lot!) -we’re anxious to view this one with our own set of peepers; here’s hoping Warner Discovery can figure out a release date sooner than later!

RJ Frometa
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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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