Screenwriter/novelist Seth Grahame-Smith, perhaps most well-known for writing the novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and the screenplay for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, is teaming up with Disney make his directorial debut on Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. (There was also a film version released in 1983.) Grahame-Smith will also be writing the treatment for the film, which will then be penned by a yet-to-be-decided screenwriter.
The novel tells the story of Mr. Dark, a sinister man who operates a traveling carnival. Through his travels, he lures in the small town residents he meets, promising to fulfill their dreams in exchange for their souls, until he is ultimately brought down by two 14-year-old boys. Grahame-Smith has said the book was his favorite growing up and he has longed for a cinema adaptation that he feels is worthy of the book. Here’s what he had to say about bringing the tale to a new generation of moviegoers:
I have been so crazy about this book, and it was such a formative title in my life that I actually wrote a piece on NPR about why it is so important for young males to read. It is a classic coming-of-age, father-son story about the transition from childhood to adulthood and how kids can’t wait to be adults and adults romanticize their childhoods. I’m not remaking the movie; I want the haunted atmosphere that makes the book so chilling, and I want to reinstate some of the classic scenes from the book that were missing from the ’83 film.
His passion for the project is a good sign for fans of the book, which is an absolutely brilliant masterpiece of supernatural horror. Hopefully, Grahame-Smith can do better at honoring the source material than the original movie did, which despite some breathtaking performances, was a flop both commercially and critically when it was released in 1983. Grahame-Smith is currently working on the script for Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice sequel, in addition to writing a sequel to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
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