Stephen King’s iconic vampire novel Salem’s Lot remains, arguably, his best work. The creeping dread of the story of Ben Mears returning to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot and finding it is slowly being taken over by vampires still works on numerous re-reads.
It has been adapted twice for the screen. A famed Tobe Hooper mini-series from 1979 is well regarded today, even if it received mixed reviews at the time. Danny Glick at the window scarred and entire generation of 70s children.
A second mini series adaption starred Rob Lowe in 2004 and that was not well received, even if it did follow the book closely, with Rutger Hauer’s interpretation of Kurt Barlow being very similarly matched to King’s vision.
Gary Dauberman helms the new Salem’s Lot adaption from Warner Bros. Pictures, which still does not have a release date. This will be a single, standalone movie and that has challenges, given the length of the book and King’s characteristically slow and descriptive starts to his stories.
New Ben Mears actor, Top Gun: Maverick star Lewis Pullman, did an interview with Comicbook.com where he talked about the challenges of staying true to the book, but making a single movie.
“For the most part, [Dauberman’s] really true to the book and [is] keeping a lot of the original dialogue in there. He’s a Stephen King hound dog, so he doesn’t wanna do Stephen dirty.
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.”
Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, Makenzie Leigh, John Benjamin Hickey, Jordan Preston Carter, Spencer Treat Clark, and Pilou Asbæk also star.
William Sadler has been cast in an unknown role leading many to speculate the will play Kurt Barlow in this adaption of Salem’s Lot.