Seth Grahame-Smith to Make Feature Directorial Debut on Disney’s SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES

     March 12, 2014

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Disney will remake their 1983 film, Something Wicked This Way Comes, itself an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1962 novel of the same name.  While the studio’s resident screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith will set to work writing a treatment for the film, Disney will then hire a screenwriter to pen the actual script.  Why not let Grahame-Smith handle those duties?  Because he’ll be making his feature directorial debut on this picture.  Hit the jump for more.

seth-grahame-smith-david-katzenberg-something-wicked-this-way-comesAs Deadline reports, Disney is revisiting the creepy carnival tale of Something Wicked This Way Comes.  The tale tells of a traveling carnival led by the mysterious, tattooed Mr. Dark, and two fourteen-year-old boys who have a harrowing encounter with the man.  Though Bradbury scripted his own adaptation for the 1983 film, Grahame-Smith felt the movie left out a lot of the novel.

“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,” Grahame-Smith said. “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 haven’t been particularly blown away by any of Grahame-Smith’s writing either in his books or for the screen, but I do appreciate his passion and message for Something Wicked This Way Comes.  How far that goes towards making a serviceable film remains to be seen.  In related news, while a screenwriter pens this adaptation, Grahame-Smith will finish his draft of the Beetlejuice sequel.  The author/screenwriter is also working on a follow-up novel to his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter book, which is due out in January.

Here’s the trailer for the 1983 version of Something Wicked This Way Comes, though I highly suggest you seek out the source material:

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