The Epix television show Chapelwaite was described as being a ten episode limited series that would tell the story of Stephen King’s short story Jerusalem‘s Lot, which was a prequel to his novel Salem’s Lot… but after the show’s run came to an end, it was announced that Chapelwaite season 2 was in the works. While the first season had covered the entirety of King’s story, in its own way, the second season was going to go beyond the source material to tell its own original story. But things have changed in the year and half since it appeared that Chapelwaite season 2 was a sure thing, and now showrunner Jason Filardi has taken to social media to confirm that the new season isn’t going to happen after all.
JoBlo’s own Alex Maidy described Chapelwaite as “one of the better Stephen King television series to date”. You can read his review of the show HERE. The show was set in the 1850s and followed Captain Charles Boone, who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.
Adrien Brody (Predators) played Captain Charles Boone. He was joined in the cast by Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek), who took on the role of Rebecca Morgan, an ambitious young woman who left Preacher’s Corners to attend Mount Holyoke College, and has returned home with an advance to write a story for the new and prestigious Atlantic Magazine. Her writer’s block lifts when Boone arrives in town with his children, and despite her mother’s protests, Rebecca applies to be governess of the infamous Chapelwaite manor and the Boone family in order to write about them. In doing so, Rebecca will not only craft the next great gothic novel, she’ll unravel a mystery that has plagued her own family for years.
Chapelwaite season 2 would have continued as a terrifying re-imagining of classic gothic horror that chronicles one family’s battle with an ancient and persistent evil. We would learn that the Boone curse didn’t die with Jakub, and despite Charles’s selfless act at the end of season one, De Vermis Mysteriis remained as powerful as ever, and as alluring to a new generation of vampires.
Produced by Epix Studios, Chapelwaite was executive produced by Brody, Donald De Line, Jason Filardi, Peter Filardi, and Burr Steers. The Jerusalem’s Lot short story can be found in the King collection Night Shift, which is available for purchase at THIS LINK.
I enjoyed Chapelwaite and would have gladly watched more of the story, but I was also satisfied with the ending of the show, so I’m not too upset to hear season 2 isn’t happening.
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