Seth Grahame-Smith to Direct 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'
Since it doesn't seem like Seth Grahame-Smith will ever see his novel remix Pride & Preudice & Zombies hit the big screens, the author has found work with other big screen projects. While his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter wasn't exactly a treat, Grahame-Smith has worked on the script for the gestating reboot of Fantastic Four, is collaborating with Tim Burton on a sequel to Beetlejuice, and there have been rumors that he's involved with a reboot of Gremlins. Now Deadline reports the writer is slated to make his directorial debut with a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes at Disney.
For those who aren't familiar with Bradbury's book, here's the official synopsis:
The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes…and the stuff of nightmare.
Bradbury's novel was Grahame-Smith's favorite book as a child, and while it's held in high regard, the 1983 film adaptation isn't so lucky (despite being scripted by Bradbury himself), which is why Grahame-Smith felt compelled to make his own version in a contemporary setting.
“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 write the initial treatment for the project, but another writer will be hired for the actual script. The author will also produce by way of his new KatzSmith Production banner formed by himself and David Katzenberg. So it sounds like Grahame-Smith will be pretty busy over the coming years. In addition to the aforementioned projects, Warner Bros. also picked up the author's Unholy Night for a hefty sum, but we'll see if that project ever comes to fruition either. In the meantime, stay tuned for any updates on all of Grahame-Smith's projects coming down the road. Sound good?.