“Salem’s Lot” will officially stream on Max in 2024 instead of playing in theaters.

The long-awaited streaming release of “Salem’s Lot,” Stephen King’s 1975 best-selling vampire novel, has been postponed from its theatrical premiere.

The horror movie’s production company, New Line, formally said that “Salem’s Lot” will debut on Max in 2024. Variety has earlier revealed that the film would be released only on streaming services rather than in theaters. Warner Bros. Discovery is the parent company of both New Line and Max.

“Salem’s Lot” was supposed to open in September 2022, however due to COVID-related postproduction delays, the studio moved the release date to spring 2023. Later on, it removed the film from the schedule of releases.

Since AT&T split off WarnerMedia and combined it with Discovery, David Zaslav has been the CEO of the media giant. He has largely opposed the release of new movies on streaming services, claiming that theatrical distribution of the films increases their visibility and generates additional income. A few titles, including “Batgirl,” have also been canceled by the company, which used them as tax write-offs rather than releasing them to the general public.

With “Salem’s Lot,” which brings together the production teams behind two of the company’s most popular franchises—the “The Conjuring” universe and the “It” movies—that won’t be the case. For Atomic Monster, Gary Dauberman (“Annabelle”) writes, directs, and executive produces alongside James Wan and Michael Clear. For Vertigo, he collaborates with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

In the film, novelist Ben Mears goes back to Jerusalem’s Lot, where he grew up, in an attempt to generate ideas for a new book. However, he finds out that bloodsucking vampires are preying on his hometown. A two-part CBS miniseries adaptation of “Salem’s Lot” originally aired in 1979.

Leading an ensemble that includes Alfre Woodard, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, Pilou Asbaek, and John Benjamin Hickey, Lewis Pullman plays Ben Mears in the updated version. Michael Bederman, Andrew Childs from Vertigo, and Judson Scott from Atomic Monster served as executive producers for the movie.

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