Deadline has confirmed that Annabelle Comes Home director Gary Dauberman is also taking the reins of the New Line feature adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. Dauberman was already adapting the 1975 horror novel for the big screen for producers James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.
Dauberman will also be EP. He previously worked with Wan writing the Annabelle franchise, and made his feature directorial debut on last summer’s Annabelle Comes Home.
Salem’s Lot follows a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot (or Salem’s Lot for short) in Maine, where he had lived from the age of 5 through 9, only to discover that the residents are becoming vampires.
Previous iterations of Salem’s Lot included a 1979 miniseries, a 1987 small-screen follow-up and a two-part TNT series in 2004.
Warner Bros had a hit in its big screen take on King’s 1986 novel It, which they split up into two movies, amassing $1.17 billion worldwide between both pics. However, the studio’s take on Shining sequel Doctor Sleep tanked with $72.3 million worldwide despite great reviews at 77% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.