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Disney to create new version of Something Wicked This Way Comes

03.12.2014

Are you familiar with ”Something Wicked This Way Comes”? I’m sure you’ve heard it on more than one occasion. Have you read the book by Ray Bradbury? If you haven’t you should. Did you ever catch the 1983 Disney adaptation that Bradbury wrote the screenplay for? It seems that now a new version will be made.

Seth Grahame-Smith (DARK SHADOWS) will take on the Disney update as his directorial debut. The writer has been a long time fan of 1962 Bradbury’s 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. 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.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES 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.” Creepy stuff, huh? The spectacular Jonathan Pryce played the role of Mr. Dark in the 1983 film.

Before I started reading I was scared that Grahame-Smith would be too busy to work on BEETLEJUICE 2. Thankfully, they are hiring a scribe to write a script for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES based on the director’s treatment.

Sorry, having more Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in my life is more important.

Extra Tidbit: Pssst...can Neil Gaiman write this?
Source: Deadline

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