Stephen King's work has never been as popular as it has been in the last decade, with remakes of IT, Pet Sematary, The Stand and more bringing some of King's best loved stories of horror to screens in a whole new way. Along with upcoming remakes of Firestarter and Christine, an imminent offering inspired by his short story Jerusalem's Lot, is Chapelwaite which premieres on EPIX on August 22. While the small town of Jerusalem's Lot is well known to many from the novel Salem's Lot, which brought vampires to small town life in one of King's first novels, the short story is set many years earlier, long before the vampire invasion tore the town apart. Ahead of Chapelwaite' s premiere episode, ComicBook.com spoke to the series' star Adrien Brody, who was happy to share his excitement for the new period horror.
"It was a big allure to this, that this was an adaptation of Jerusalem's Lot and I had yet to get a chance to jump into the world of Stephen King," Brody said. "He's really a master and, as so many filmmakers have tried to interpret his work, it's a privilege. I love the tone of his writing and I think the [producers] captured quite a bit of that and visually, the storytelling honors a lot of it. We've enhanced it, with family and new characters, but Charles Boone and having Stephen's work to reference in the letters of Jerusalem's Lot to guide me, I guess, to have a truth to go back to, gave me a feeling of some authenticity to the work and to the character. It was really exciting. There were a lot of elements that were alluring to me with this. The burdens that Charles Boone had to overcome, being a father and protecting your children in this inhospitable world and facing the inner turmoil that he was experiencing. All of those were wonderful things to explore as a character."
The series is set in the 1850s and sees Captain Charles Boone, played by Brody, relocate his family to the small sleepy town called Preacher's Corners in Maine after the death of his wife at sea. As with many small, quiet towns in King's fiction, this one forces Boone to battle the demons of his family history and the darkness that haunts them.
"We were delayed [by the pandemic] and it was a testament to all the hard work and discipline of everyone that we, knock on wood, were able to proceed unscathed," Brody said of filming. "But I was actually -- I accepted this role on the top of the Himalayas at like 8,000 feet and I had read the pilot and I really like Donald De Line, who's a producer on this. I have a real firm belief in what Michael Wright is doing and where EPIX is headed and I thought they would really get behind this show and obviously love Stephen King's work, but it's a leap of faith, at the same time. Because you have to believe that you will all reach the same destination together and I signed on as an [executive producer] and they were very ... It was a wonderful project and I think they honored that work. They honored Stephen King's work, very much so, and we have something that is exciting and dark and foreboding and scary and mysterious and all those things that we wanted to capture and I think they shot it well."
He ended, "They found me on the edge of a mountain. I would literally have to jump into a waystation, because I had no cell reception or anything, and I'd get wifi and check-in and make a decision at a very high altitude."
The first episode of Chapelwaite arrives on EPIX on August 22.