‘Chapelwaite’ is a horror drama series written by Jason Filardi and Peter Filardi, and they also serve as showrunners. He follows Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody) and his children as they move Charles’ ancestral home to Preacher’s Corners, a small town in Maine. There, the family learns the disturbing secrets of their home and heritage. The period setting and socio-cultural issues depicted on the show will cause viewers to question whether these are real incidents or true stories. If you’re curious about the inspiration behind ‘Chapelwaite’, here’s everything you need to know.
Is Chapelwaite based on a true story?
No, ‘Chapelwaite’ is not based on a true story. The series is an adaptation of ‘Jerusalem’s Lot’ written by author Stephen King. The short story was first published in 1978 in King’s novel “Night Shift,” a collection of the writer’s short stories. The short story refers to the fictional Lot city of Jerusalem, also known as Lot of Salem. The city is the setting for King’s 1975 novel “Salem’s Lot”, making the short story a prequel to the book. However, it is important to note that the short story was written years in advance and was published later.
The author has revealed that the fictional city of Jerusalem’s Lot is loosely based on the real city of Durham, Maine. The fictional city is a recurring place in King’s works. The main setting of the new Preacher’s Corners is also a fictional town. In the Lot of Jerusalem, the protagonist of the short story, Charles Boone, and his valet, Calvin McCann, discover the remains of a Puritan colony. The Puritans were a veritable group of English Protestants whose goal was to purify the Church of England by eradicating Roman Catholic practices.
The series greatly expands the short story by adding several new elements that are not present in the original work. For example, Charles does not have a wife or children in the short story. However, in the TV adaptation, he is married and has three children. Likewise, Charles is portrayed as an aristocrat in the short story while he is a whaler in the series. The writers’ fascination with whaling inspired change. They used their experiences growing up in Mystic, a whaling town in Connecticut, to create the story of Charles and his family.
Prejudice is one of the main themes of the series, and it is represented by the contempt and distrust of the local community towards Charles’s children because they are mixed race. Thus, the series also tackles xenophobia. Executive Producer Donald De Line said that while developing King’s short story, the creative team focused on adding modern issues like race and religion that will resonate with viewers.
Ultimately, “Chapelwaite” is a fictional story that is elevated through smart and informed storytelling choices, which help anchor the narrative in reality. It captures the spirit of King’s original work and also develops it in a relevant and timely manner.
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