I don’t know where the horror community stands on Disney’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, but I know they generally loathe the idea of remakes. So I’m preparing myself for the worst with this article.
Deadline has learned that Disney is tasking Seth Grahame-Smith (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) with creating an all new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Here’s how Deadline describes the original novel:
The novel tells the story of how 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.
And while many might be calling foul regarding this remake, Deadline points out that Bradbury felt the script he wrote for the original movie wasn’t a faithful adaptation of his novel. So if the guy who created the thing wasn’t satisfied with the finished product, what’s the harm of having another crack at it?
While speaking with Deadline, Grahame-Smith defended the project by explaining that it isn’t going to be a remake.
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.
Personally, I haven’t seen the original film and don’t have a strong connections to it. I welcome this new adaptation as it sounds like they’re trying to inject new life into the concept, rather than copy and paste what was previously done. But how about those of you that have seen the movie or read the novel? Does this new adaptation appeal to you? Let us know.