A new adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel Something Wicked This Way Comes is in the works at Disney, and they’ve hired author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to make his directorial debut on the movie.
Grahame-Smith is best known as the author of a horror-infused rewrite of a classic in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and alternate history title Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. He also wrote the screenplays for the movie adaptations of these books—the latter having already been released and the former still said to be on the way—and the screenplay for the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp flick Dark Shadows.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a fantasy-horror that tells the story of two teenage boys who visit a traveling carnival and meet a man named Mr. Dark, who has a tattoo on him for every person who, in exchange for having their secret fantasies made a reality, are now bound to the carnival.
The book has already been turned into a movie once before in 1983—a movie, I might add, that haunted a significant chunk of this writer’s childhood.
This is project is not a remake of that movie but a new adaptation of the original work, as Grahame-Smith makes clear:
“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.”
Grahame-Smith will immediately get to work writing a treatment while Disney looks for a screenwriter to adapt Bradbury’s tale. When that writer is chosen, Grahame-Smith will continue working on the screenplay for the potential sequel to Burton’s Beetlejuice he’s been working on for while now.