Back on August 5th, we reported that IT director Andy Muschietti was super keen to direct another adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. The novel was previously adapted in 1989, helmed by Mary Lambert; that version remains a fan favorite and is often cited as one of the most terrifying films of the 1980s. To recap:
Speaking in a new interview with the Toronto Sun, Muschietti said 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.”
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Muschietti and his sister and IT producer Barbara Muschietti just gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly where a potential Pet Sematary reboot was floated once again.
Andy Muschietti: “My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die. I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.”
Barbara Muschietti: “We’ll see who gets to it first. But 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? I really hope we can do it. But if we do it, we have to do it justice, like we did with IT. The versions we read in the past years, the scripts we’ve read, have not been, in our opinion, representative of the book.”
Considering IT is being hailed as the best film of 2017 (if not the 21st Century so far), I’d let this duo put their Midas-touch on whatever their hearts desire!
In 2015, 21st Century Master of Horror Guillermo Del Toro expressed a strong desire to direct a remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (the first adaptation, directed by Mary Lambert, was released in 1990); nothing came of it. In 2016, we were told a Pet Sematary remake was in the works with 28 Days Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo at the helm. At the time, script co-scribe Jeff Buhler said the project would be “10 times scarier than the original”. Nothing came of it.
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Check out the trailer and synopsis for 1989’s Pet Sematary below.
Official Synopsis: 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.