With the overwhelming success of It and the upcoming Castle Rock TV series, it looks like Stephen King adaptations are a big thing this year, and it looks like we have even more to look forward to, as Pet Sematary may be next in line to hit the big screen.
This would be the second film adaptation of Pet Semetary
In fairness, this adaptation—the second of King’s 1983 horror novel, the first film having been released in 1988—has actually been in the works for a while now. However, it is only recently that any names have been attached to it, in this case Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. The duo are most well known for 2014’s Starry Eyes, a horror film about an actress with trichotillomania who is desperate to become a famous actress. The two are currently also attached to Mama 2 and The Bringing. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the film, and Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich wrote the script.
The original film adaptation of Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert and was a huge success, earning $57 million on an $11 million budget. It’s success lead to a sequel in 1992 that was regarded less favorably by the public. Previous directors attached to the remake have included the likes of Guillermo del Toro, though he had to back out due to his busy schedule.
Pet Semetary was inspired by real life events
The story of Pet Sematary revolves around a pet cemetery in Ludlow that brings whatever—or whoever—is buried there back to life, only the resurrected aren’t who they were before they died. The plot was based on real life incidents in King’s own life, including the death of the family cat and a close call on a road involving King’s son Owen.
No actors have been named yet to star in the film, but with the team behind the camera assembling, we should hopefully be hearing more news about this soon!