IT Director Andrés Muschietti Wants To Remake Pet Sematary

Posted 2017/08/06 1656 0

Muschietti noted that he’s a huge fan of the book and would love to take a shot at bringing it to theatres again.


Director Andrés Muschietti's IT remake hasn't even debuted in theaters yet and the director has already been talking about a second installment to properly adapt Stephen King's original novel. In an interview with Canadian newspaper the Toronto Sun, Muschietti dropped the stunning news that he really wants to do a fresh take on Pet Sematary. Indeed, he and his sister Barbara, who is credited as a producer on IT, are hoping that their King adaptation will be the first of several in the coming years.

“We’re huge fans of Pet Sematary. If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.”

Pet Sematary is 1983 novel that follows a family who discovers a pet cemetery (spelled "sematary" on the sign) in the woods nearby their new home. When the family cat dies, rather than explain to his young daughter the concept of death, the father is instructed to bury the cat in a secret part of the cemetery. The cat returns back to live but, as a demented and vicious version of itself. When another tragedy strikes the family, the father will discover that resurrected people don't fare much better. The novel was adapted into a 1989 movie of the same name, so the Muschietti's would need to put their own stamp on it.

However, as The Dark Tower is proving, King’s typically strong source material is not always a guarantee of a winner. The Dark Tower may top the box office in its first weekend, but it opened to abysmal reviews and is poised for a short run at No. 1. It’s always been hard to execute King adaptations on the big screen effectively, but Muschietti’s sheer passion for the author’s work should inspire confidence that he can make the new IT a success.

IT tells the story of a group of outcast kids who in the 1980's discover that their small town in Maine has been plagued by a child-eating monster for centuries. When someone close to the kids is murdered, they take it upon themselves to rid their town of It for good. The film is directed by Andres Muschietti and stars Bill Skarsgard, Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, and Chosen Jacobs.

IT is set to release in theaters on September 8, 2017.