William Sadler Joins Salem's Lot as Production Begins on Film Adaptation
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William Sadler Joins Salem’s Lot as Production Begins on Film Adaptation

Following the recent addition of acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody, Bill & Ted Face the Music actor William Sadler took to Twitter to reveal that he has officially joined the cast of New Line Cinema’s upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel Salem’s Lot. The 71-year-old actor also went on to confirm that production on the Gary Dauberman-directed pic has already started in Boston.

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The newest film adaptation of Salem’s Lot will be written and directed by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home), who previously penned the screenplay for another Stephen King adaptation, 2017’s IT, and 2019’s IT: Chapter Two. Joining Woodard and Sadler are Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, and Spencer Treat Clark.

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In the 1975 horror novel, author Ben Mears returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood only to find his isolated hometown infested with vampires. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears convinces a small group of believers to combat the undead.

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The new Salem’s Lot movie will reunite Dauberman with The Conjuring Universe creator James Wan, who is producing the project alongside his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear and Vertigo’s Roy Lee, & Mark Wolper. Executive producers are Dauberman, Michael Bederman, Atomic Monster’s Judson Scott, and Vertigo’s Andrew Childs. 

The novel was first adapted into a miniseries in 1979, directed by Tobe Hooper, with David Soul playing the role of Ben Mears. The movie was followed up by the 1987 film A Return to Salem’s Lot from Larry Cohen. In 2004, the story was adapted into another TV miniseries starring Rob Lowe as Ben Mears. This adaptation was written by Peter Filardi, who currently serves as a co-creator, co-writer, and executive producer for Epix’s Stephen King series Chapelwaite, based on King’s short story Jerusalem’s Lot.


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