Salem’s Lot pushed back seven months

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The Stephen King  adaptation Salem’s Lot is pushed back into spring of 2023, with a couple of other upcoming films also being removed from the schedule.

The upcoming adaptation of Salem’s Lot has been pushed back from September of this year into April 2023 by New Line Cinema. Reshoots and Covid-related issues are said to be the cause, meaning that we’ll be waiting a while longer for a modern adaptation on King’s book.

Salem’s Lot is a great modern vampire story, but not one that’s seen a true cinematic adaptation as yet. King’s body of work has been adapted over 50 times, with Salem’s Lot getting two forays onto the smaller screen, once as a TV movie and once as a mini-series. Although the 1970s TV movie is not without its fans (and merits), the hope is that this time around we’ll get a really cinematic take on the story.

Pilou Asbæk, who played a memorable turn as the pirate rogue Euron Greyjoy in Game Of Thrones, has landed the plum role in the upcoming filmAsbæk will play Richard Straker, the vampire who serves as the chief antagonist for a large part of the story. The actor joins Alfre Woodard, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp and Spencer Treat Clark to round out the ensemble.

King himself has backed the film, although the author’s seal of approval doesn’t always guarantee quality, with his vocal support of Firestarter's supposed qualities earlier this year not masking the fact that it was a very average film at best.

New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the project back in 2019 with James Wan producing. Gary Dauberman, who has scribed Annabelle and IT  has written and directed and production took place in Boston.

Warner Bros, who owns New Line, has also taken a couple of its own upcoming remakes of the production schedule, albeit temporarily. House Party and Train To Busan have both disappeared from release schedules meaning that the late summer period is beginning to look a little thin when it comes to studio releases. We’ll bring you any updates on release windows for these films as we hear them.


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