Jerusalem's Lot will be the next Stephen King tale to be adapted for the small screen, as Adrian Brody will lead a TV series based on the short story for Epix. Set to consist of ten episodes, the show has been given a straight-to-series order from the network and will start filming in May in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Screenwriting brothers Jason and Peter Filardi are also on board as showrunners, and the project will be executive produced by Donald De Line (Wayward Pines).
"This series is an intense, absolutely terrifying reimagining of classic gothic horror," says Epix president Michael Wright in a statement. He adds: "We can't wait to work with the exceptional team of Donald De Line and Jason and Peter Filardi, along with our phenomenal lead actor, Adrien Brody...and of course, when it comes to horror, it doesn't get any better or more masterful than Stephen King. We're thrilled to be the home to this incredible show."
A drama series, Jerusalem's Lot is set in the 1850s and stars Adrian Brody as sea captain Charles Boone, following him and his children as the family moves to their ancestral home in Preacher's Corners, Maine, after the death of his wife. The series will particularly explore Boone "confronting the secrets of his family's sordid history and fight to end the darkness that has plagued them for generations." As the original Jerusalem's Lot is a short story, the series will clearly be taking some creative liberties to expand its plot beyond the source material.
This also makes just one of many upcoming television projects we can look forward to based on Stephen King properties. Also in the works are the shows Lisey's Story for Apple TV, The Dark Tower for Amazon Prime, The Stand at CBS All Access, and The Outsider for HBO. The King-based series Castle Rock has also proven to be a big hit on Hulu. Needless to say, there's no stopping the King adaptations from coming anytime soon.
Jerusalem's Lot was originally published in 1978 as a part of King's short story collection Night Shift, and was later printed in the illustrated edition of Salem's Lot. The story serves as a prequel to the 1975 novel Salem's Lot, as "Salem" is merely "Jerusalem" for short. Jerusalem's Lot was also explored in the King short story One for the Road, which was also a part of Night Shift. Of course, while Salem's Lot has had multiple live-action adaptations, this new Jerusalem's Lot series for Epix will be the first time the prequel story has been given the big or small screen treatment.
In addition to this television project, a new adaptation of Salem's Lot is also in the works at New Line Cinema. Produced by James Wan, the reboot will be written by It and It: Chapter Two writer Gary Dauberman. No official release date has yet been set for the movie. The news Jerusalem's Lot becoming an Epix series comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.