'Annabelle Comes Home' Filmmaker Gary Dauberman to Direct Stephen King's Vampire Tale 'Salem's Lot' (Exclusive)

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How do you like your stake?

New Line’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel Salem’s Lot has found its vampire master.

Gary Dauberman, the horror writer who made his directorial debut with last year’s Annabelle Comes Home, has closed a deal to helm the feature thriller.

Dauberman already has a stake (sorry, couldn’t resist) in Salem’s Lot, as he also is the project’s screenwriter.

James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper are producing.

Published in 1975, King’s book centers on an author who returns to his hometown to write about an abandoned mansion in the small burg. As he discovers the home has been bought by a mysterious man from Europe, he also realizes that townspeople are slowly being turned into vampires. The writer bands together with a ragtag group to stop the spread of vampires, with the final confrontation happening in the house with the mysterious man.

While Salem’s Lot has never been adapted for the silver screen, it has been translated to the small screen. A 1979 miniseries starring David Soul as the writer was directed by Tobe Hooper, the horror filmmaker behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist.

Larry Cohen helmed the 1987 sequel, and a 2004 two-parter that aired on TNT starred Rob Lowe and was directed by longtime TV director Mikael Salomon.

Dauberman is one of Hollywood’s big writers in the horror field and a New Line favorite, given the movies he's been involved with have generated more than $2.3 billion for the Warner Bros. division. He penned the company’s high-profile and successful King adaptations It and It Chapter Two, and he also is a big part of New Line’s horror line based on The Conjuring, as he wrote the spinoffs Annabelle, Annabelle Creation and Annabelle Comes Home, while also directing the latter. He also penned the spinoff The Nun.

Dauberman is repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Felker Toczek.