Seth Grahame-Smith To Direct Adaptation Of Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”


The classic Ray Bradbury novel, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is to be adapted into a film. Disney has optioned the film and hired author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to direct.

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a fantasy-horror that tells the story of two teenage boys who visit a traveling carnival and meet a man named Mr. Dark, who has a tattoo on him for every person who, in exchange for having their secret fantasies made a reality, are now bound to the carnival.

This will be Grahame-Smith’s first directing job however he has made quite the name for himself in the entertainment world. He is best known as the author behind “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and another book turned movie, “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.” He also wrote the screenplays for the movie adaptations of both books and the screenplay for the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp film Dark Shadows.

The famous Bradbury novel has previously been made into a movie in 1983. However, the upcoming adaptation is not a remake of the movie but of the novel itself.

Grahame-Smith said,

“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.”

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