Talk of a PET SEMATARY remake has been circulating for years. Now the project seems to be one step closer to becoming a reality. Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have been hired to direct the remake for Paramount. The directing duo is behind 2014’s STARRY EYES and the “Valentine’s Day” segment of 2016’s HOLIDAYS.
The original PET SEMATARY stars Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, and Miko Hughes and was directed by Mary Lambert. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, who also wrote the screenplay. PET SEMATARY was released in 1989 and went on to become a box office success and fan favorite.
Doctor Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne). After the Creeds’ cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the ground near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis’ son, Gage (Miko Hughes), dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy’s body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis’ visions of a deceased patient.
Three years later, a sequel was released starring Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards. PET SEMATARY TWO, also directed by Lambert, didn’t fair as well at the box office as its predecessor but has found a devoted fan base over the years.
The new film is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. No cast has been announced, and it is not clear as to what extent Stephen King will be involved, if at all.
I am a huge fan of the novel, the original film, and the sequel. Personally, I would love to have a new version of the story coming to the big screen. With all of the high quality Stephen King adaptations as of late, maybe production on the PET SEMATARY remake will finally move forward.
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