Stephen King has been on fire this year. He’s had movies and TV series based on his books coming out or at least being announced left and right, and it seems as though the Pet Sematary remake is finally making some headway, too.
Paramount has announced that Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer will be directing the remake of the macabre tale, which centers on a man named Louis Creed who desperately attempts to thwart the finality of the grave. Kölsch and Widmyer have worked together as directors before on Holidays (2016), Starry Eyes (2014), and a few episodes of MTV’s Scream series.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian (both producers on 2007’s Transformers movie) are producing the film, and Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and David Kajganich (A Bigger Splash) have written the remake’s script together.
Stephen King’s book Pet Sematary was first published in 1983, and was followed by a movie directed by Mary Lambert in 1989. Its success warranted a sequel a few years later, which is about the family that “inherits” the Pet Sematary after they move into the former Creed home. It says something to the power of the original story that the first Pet Sematary film and its sequel, not based on the 1983 novel, are both enjoyable, solid movies that have aged pretty well.
At this time, no release date for the Pet Sematary remake has been announced.