James Wan is producing a new take on Stephen King‘s vampire story Salem’s Lot for Warner Bros. and New Line, with Gary Dauberman (It, The Nun, Annabelle Comes Home) attached to write the script and also direct the film. THR reports tonight that Pilou Asbæk (Overlord, “Game of Thrones”) has come on board, set to play the pivotal character Richard Straker.
THR details, “Asbæk takes on the role of Richard Straker, the vampire’s familiar who prepares for the arrival of his master and does plenty of dirty work.”
Salem’s Lot will take a bite out of theaters on September 9, 2022.
“In Salem’s Lot, author Ben Mears (Lewis Pullman) returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot in search of inspiration for his next book only to discover his hometown is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire.”
The known cast at this time also includes Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, Alfred Woodward, and William Sadler.
Fresh off Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper directed the very first adaptation of Salem’s Lot back in 1979, and a new mini-series followed in its wake more recently, in 2004.
Roy Lee and Mark Wolper will also produce the new movie, with Dauberman exec producing.