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.
With Stephen King Fever burning hot in 2017, anything related to the bestselling author is a sought-after property. Andrés Muschietti’s IT is easily the most intensely-anticipated film of the year, and if the film hits its mark at the box office, the director would love the opportunity to pick up on the Pet Sematary remake where Fresnadillo left off.
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.”
If IT, featuring Bill Skarsgård as the dancing clown Pennywise, arrives in US Theaters on September 8th. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
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In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.