Seth Grahame-Smith has gone from author to screenwriter to Hollywood producer, but now he’s making another creative step — to director. Deadline reports the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer and Beetlejuice 2 writer will make his directorial debut on a the new Disney adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
The 1962 fantasy-horror novel finds a pair of 14-year-olds who cross pass with a mysterious carnival run by the tattooed Mr. Dark. The book was previously adapted by Disney in 1983, with a script written by by Bradbury.
“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.”
Grahame-Smith wrote a treatment for the project that another screenwriter will flesh out while he’s finishing Beetlejuice 2 and the sequel to his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel.