A 'Pet Sematary' Remake Is Officially Happening!

Posted 2017/10/31 0 0

Some real Halloween news! The latest Stephen King classic to get an on-screen revival will be Pet Sematary.


Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have signed on to direct, Variety reports. Kolsch and Widmyer first gained notoriety with their 2014 indie horror pic “Starry Eyes,” which caught the eyes of various studio execs and was partly funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. They are currently attached to “Mama 2” and “The Bringing.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the remake to the 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and written by King, along with Steven Schneider. Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich wrote the script, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing for Paramount.

Based on a 1983 King novel of the same name, Pet Semetary tells the story of a pet cemetery built on a Native American burial ground in Maine, and the family who moves into the new home next to it. Spooky, supernatural occurrences abound.

The original, which starred Dale Midriff, Fred Gwynne and Denise Crosby, grossed an impressive $57 million on an $11 million budget, though its 1992 sequel, Pet Sematary II, was less well-received.

Pet Sematary is a beloved King novel, and at least two major filmmakers have expressed interest in adapting King’s work for another feature: Guillermo del Toro and It filmmaker Andy Muschietti.

“My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die,” Muschietti told EW earlier this year. “I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.”

Added Barbara Muschietti, Andy’s sister and It producer, “It is the first Stephen King book that we read, and it’s something that has been a great love, because it is possibly King’s most personal book. You can imagine his young family. What will you do to be able to keep your family? How far would you go?”