Salem’s Lot: Gary Dauberman set to direct Stephen King classic

Gary Dauberman knows his way around a Stephen King bestseller. He wrote the blockbuster films, It and IT: Chapter Two. Now, he will be directing Salem’s Lot.

Gary Dauberman is one of the best horror writers out there. So, it isn’t surprising that after successfully adapting Stephen King’s IT for the silver screen that he would be tapped to direct Salem’s Lot for producers James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

According to Deadline, this will be another project that pairs Dauberman with Wan. The pair have collaborated before on the Annabelle franchise as well as The Nun with the scribe making his directorial debut with Annabelle Comes Home.

Not only has the writer worked with the prolific producer on the big screen but he was also an executive producer on Swamp Thing. He also penned episodes with fellow producer, Mark Verheiden.

In 2007, he made his debut as writer with In the Spider’s Web starring Lance Henriksen following that venture up with SyFy’s Blood Monkey with F. Murray Abraham in the lead. His pedigree in the genre is impressive so one of King’s beloved stories, Salem’s Lot will be in good hands.

The first incarnation of the King classic was in 1979 with a television mini-series starring David Soul as Ben Mears. Larry Cohen wrote the 1987 sequel, A Return to Salem’s Lot featuring Michael Moriarty. Then in 2004, Salem’s Lot appeared on TNT as another mini-series starring Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher and Donald Sutherland.

It will be interesting to see what happens after the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. Will moviegoers return to theaters? Furthermore, King’s Doctor Sleep didn’t exactly light the box office on fire so will another incarnation of Salem’s Lot be a crowd pleaser?

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Until this version of Salem’s Lot hits the big screen, you can stream the original adaptation on You Tube, Google Play, VUDU, Amazon Prime and iTunes. 

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