Ray Bradbury's classic 1962 novel Something Wicked This Way Comes is set to be adapted into a feature film by Walt Disney Pictures. They've hired Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows scribe Seth Grahame-Smith to script the film. The guy can write fun novels, but so far his movie scripts haven't been that impressive.
The book was previously adapted into a film back in 1983. It's been so long since I've seen it that I honestly don't remember if it was good or not. The story follows a character named Mr. Dark, the evil proprietor of a traveling carnival who preys on the residents of a small town by bartering possession of their souls for the dreams each one has. Smith had this to say in a statement:
“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.”
I hope he can actually pull off what he wants to do, because this could really be an awesome film. Here's a description from the book:
For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.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.
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