Stephen King Movie Set For Later This Year Just Got Pushed Back To 2023, But It Makes Sense

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The horror genre has been experiencing a thrilling renaissance for years now, to the joy of moviegoers. Some of the best horror movies have returned to theaters via sequels, while we've also seen some reboots from previous adaptations. Case in point: Andy Muschietti's pair of IT movies. The trend of Stephen King movies haven't slowed down, with Gary Dauberman's Salem's Lot movie originally expected to hit theaters this September. Unfortunately the Stephen King movie has been pushed back, but the reasoning makes complete sense.

The new Salem's Lot movie was set to help kick off the fall movie season, with an original release date of September 9th. But according to a new report by Deadline, the project has been delayed until April 21st, 2023. The reasoning given to the outlet is that a COVID-related delay happened in post-production. Considering the movie has to bring vampires to life, this process is understandably important. 

This delay in the release of Salem's Lot is sure to be a bummer for horror fans and cinephiles alike, who were hoping that the Stephen King adaptation might kick off the fall movie season. But those closely following production might not be all that surprised by this shake-up. Namely because there were reportedly a handful of delays related to photography on the movie six weeks ago. 

Information about the upcoming Salem's Lot movie is fairly limited, although folks can certainly look to Stephen King's novel for spoilers. And Director Gary Dauberman assembled a strong cast to bring his adaptation to life on the big screen. Some familiar faces include Top Gun: Maverick's Lewis Pullman, Glass actor Spencer Treat Clark, and the always iconic Alfre Woodard. 

The upcoming Salem's Lot flick marks the first time that Stephen King's novel of the same name has been made into a full fledged movie. Instead, there have been two television miniseries adaptation over the years. First there was a 1979 two-part TV event, followed by a 2004 miniseries starring Rob Lowe. We'll just have to wait and see how unique the story is when told in film form. 

As previously mentioned, the horror genre has been on fire for the last few years. While this is partly thanks to legacy-quels like Halloween and Scream, there have also been a number of new movie versions of Stephen King classics. Andy Muschietti's pair of IT movies were massively successful upon their release, while we also recently saw new versions of Firestarter and Pet Sematary. King has been terrifying audiences for decades on the page and screen, and smart money says that Salem's Lot is going to follow suit. Even if we're going to wait a few more months as a result of this recent delay.

Salem's Lot will hit theaters on April 21st, 2023, although hopefully this delay will result in great visual effects. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.