“Something Wicked This Way Comes” To Be Directed By “Dark Shadows” And “Beetlejuice 2” Screenwriter

March 13, 20140 Comments

Deadline reports that screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows) has been hired by Disney to direct a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes. Disney last adapted the material in 1983, and the remake will be Graham-Smith’s feature directorial debut.

Grahame-Smith will write a treatment immediately and then another writer will be brought onboard to write the screenplay. “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,” explains Grahame-Smith. “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 himself is because he’s still writing Beetlejuice 2 for Tim Burton.

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