‘Pet Sematary’ Remake to Get 2019 Release Date

Posted 2017/12/09 0 0

Pet Sematary will rise again in 2019.


In a year when the majority of Stephen King movie adaptations are striking gold, Paramount Pictures is getting another one moving. Paramount has set an April 19, 2019, release date for “Pet Sematary,” its remake of the 1989 horror movie, based on the 1983 Stephen King novel. That places the film only a few months ahead of the release of It: Chapter Two.

As reported in October, Starry Eyes filmmakers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer are directing the project, working from a script by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and David Kajganich (Blood Creek), with Alexandra Loewy producing.

After the smash success of this year’s IT movie remake, which helped Hollywood to the most successful year ever for horror films at the box office, it’s not hard to see why Paramount would be interested in giving this property another go ’round. The original movie is creepy and has its own charms, but it’s far from great. Though the movie has its lovers today and is something of a classic in its own right, critics did not love it at the time and it wasn't a huge financial success. But the $57 million box office was enough to justify Pet Sematary II, which was released in 1992. The follow-up is most definitely not what one would call a beloved sequel and only grossed $17 million. In case you aren't familiar, the plot of King's novel is as follows.

"The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed."