With 800 streaming providers available today, it’s riskier than ever for good content to fall through the gaps. The conversation will undoubtedly skip over some really intriguing projects because there are so many streaming movies and TV shows. Consider the movie “Chapelwaite.” It’s a television series based on a Stephen King novel that also happens to be “Salem’s Lot’s” prequel, starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. Period horror of this caliber is rare, but the issue is that Epix simply isn’t as popular as Netflix, Apple, Disney+, and Amazon are.
Nevertheless, the show is doing well enough for Epix to keep airing it.
Stephen King By Way of Edgar Allan Poe
Actress Emily Hampshire claimed in an interview with ComicBook.com that she had been informed that season 2 was in the works. Although “Chapelwaite” was initially meant to be a limited series, it seems that the suits are so pleased with it that they want to continue the vampire mayhem.
The show follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody) as he returns to shore with his mixed-race children after his wife passes away at sea, only to encounter the prejudice that is ingrained in the time period as well as the mistrust that his family name engenders. The Boones were a prominent and wealthy family in the little New England town, but the Boone family has a history of mental illness. Let’s just say that when a new Boone arrives to take over the family estate Chapelwaite, the locals are unimpressed.
The short novel “Jerusalem’s Lot,” which served to establish the cursed territory that would later become the town of “Salems Lot,” is the inspiration for the series “Chapelwaite,” which naturally substantially expands on what King wrote.
Naturally, as a huge fan of the King series, I support this and am happy that Epix has announced plans for a second season (although they did clarify it has not yet received a greenlight). Although I have a few minor complaints about the show’s production values, which tend to fluctuate from absolutely magnificent to “Drunk History” outtake from episode to episode, Brody is being like a total jerk and I can’t be too upset about early American vampire stories.