New Salem’s Lot Movie Adaptation to Skip Theaters, Premiere on Max

The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot will bypass movie theaters altogether.

Warner Bros. Discovery announced Tuesday that New Line’s take on King’s 1975 bestselling novel will forego a theatrical launch and premiere exclusively on streaming service Max in 2024.

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Neither a release date nor a trailer have been made available as of press time.

In the streaming-only film, author Ben Mears (played by 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,” according to the official logline.

Rounding out the cast are Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) as Dr. Cody, Makenzie Leigh (Gotham) as Susan Norton, Bill Camp (The Outsider) as Matthew Burke, Spencer Treat Clark (Animal Kingdom) as Mike Ryerson, Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) as Straker, and John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) as Father Callahan.

The new Salem’s Lot hails from the producing teams behind the Conjuring and IT film franchises. Gary Dauberman writes, directs and executive-produces. Additional EPs include James Wan, Michael Clear, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

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Salem’s Lot was first adapted by CBS in 1979. The two-part miniseries, which starred David Soul as Ben Mears, went on to receive three Primetime Emmy nominations. That was followed by the theatrical release of 1987’s A Return to Salem’s Lot, which was marketed as a sequel but did not include any of the original characters.

Seventeen years later, in 2004, Rob Lowe headlined a second miniseries adaptation for TNT.

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