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‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Remake Gets ‘Beetlejuice 2’ and ‘Dark Shadows’ Writer!

Seth Grahame-Smith (writer of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows and the upcoming Beetlejuice 2) has been hired by Disney to direct a new adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. The studio last approached the material in a 1983 film, and this new outing will mark Graham-Smith’s feature directorial debut.

Grahame-Smith will write a treatment ASAP and then another writer will be brought onboard to actually write the screenplay. He tells Deadline, “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.

The reason Grahame-Smith isn’t doing the script? He’s still churning out Beetlejuice 2 for Tim Burton, which would indicate that that project actually has some kind of remotely pressing timeline.



  • morehorror4me

    I’m actually excited to see Bradbury’s classic get another shot. The book is an absolute favorite of mine. Here’s hoping it’s not too CGI-heavy…

    • EvilHead1981

      Here’s hoping it’s not too “modern-friendly”. Part of the charm of the book and the movie was that it was set in time other than the present(both presents being the 60s, when the book came out, and the early 80s, when the movie game out). Modern movies, in particular remakes/reboots and such have the habit of thinking you can’t tell period pieces and things HAVE to be brought to contemporary times(as well as be filled to the brim with lots of modern trends and pop culture nods, because people nowadays aren’t smart enough any other way, or so producers think this to be so).

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