Paramount Has Decided To Resurrect Pet Sematary With Two New Directors

  • Paramount Has Decided To Resurrect Pet Sematary With Two New Directors

Paramount Has Decided To Resurrect Pet Sematary With Two New Directors

Variety has the scoop that Paramount is moving forward with their long-gestating adaptation of Pet Sematary with directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.

Numerous Stephen King projects are in development, including an undated TV series based on apocalyptic vision The Stand, a version of The Talisman from Steven Spielberg's production company, and Hulu's 2018 TV series spin-off Castle Rock. Subsequently, yesterday's announcement that Paramount are working on a new take on Pet Sematary - King's 1983 novel, first filmed in 1989 by Mary Lambert - wasn't necessarily too big a surprise.

The remake comes in the wake of the blockbuster success of another King remake, "It", which broke box office records last month. Many fans don't believe that it needs a remake, while some agree that a facelift could help the Pet Sematary brand.

According to Entertainment Weekly, several other major filmmakers initially expressed interest in the Pet Sematary project, including It director Andy Muschietti and horror veteran Guillermo del Toro.

"My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die", Muschietti revealed earlier this year. Stephen King has said that 1922 came out really well and even scared the hell out of him, which is really saying something and may have a lot to do with Mike Patton's intense score. The IT remake was instantly loved by fans after The Dark Tower was less than a hit with critics.

Read our review of Starry Eyes, Widmyer and Kolsch's brilliant break-out over here.