Five years after publishing 'Salem's Lot, Stephen King published a short story collection called Night Shift, which kicked off with a previously-unpublished short story by the name of Jerusalem's Lot. Getting these two Stephen King works confused is a time-honored and much-loved tradition amongst Stephen King fans, and we had an opportunity to revisit that mistake just this morning upon hearing the news that Adrien Brody will soon headline a Jerusalem's Lot TV series for Epix.
Here's how Variety's describing the show:
“Jerusalem’s Lot follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), 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."
Just to add some further confusion to the mix, this version of Jerusalem's Lot sounds somewhat different from the short story of the same name, which did not (to our recollection) involve Boone having children. There were, however, vampires (or "Nosferatus"), and an abandoned town with a very cursed church standing at the center of it. We can imagine this series looking something like Robert Eggers' The Witch, if you'd like a visual touchstone to go on (it is set in the 1850's), and we can further imagine how Adrien Brody might fit, aesthetically-speaking, into that time period.
And, hey, it's another Stephen King adaptation. We're not ones to turn our noses up at those, and maybe this'll be one of the good ones, even if it's not a direct translation of the short story! Variety says the plan is for Jerusalem's Lot to shoot in May of next year, with an eye towards premiering the series before the end of 2020. Guess we have that long to figure out what Epix is, and where we can see it.
Stay tuned for more on Jerusalem's Lot as further updates become available.