2017 has been a great year for Stephen King adaptations, thanks to films like the enormously successful box office hit IT and the critically acclaimed Netflix effort Gerald’s Game. The Mr. Mercedes TV show has also been mostly well-received.
2018 looks to be fairly quiet as far as screen adaptations of King’s work go, although Hulu is set to debut their new drama Castle Rock next year, which takes place within the established King multiverse. Starring in that series are King vets like Carrie’s Sissy Spacek, Silver Bullet’s Terry O’Quinn, and IT’s Bill Skarsgard.
2019 is likely to be the next big year for King adaptations though, with the highly anticipated sequel IT: Chapter 2 set to arrive in theaters on September 6th. Now, Variety reports that also hitting theaters in 2019 is Paramount’s remake of Pet Sematary, which will shamble its way into multiplexes on April 19th.
Directing the remake are Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the duo behind 2014 indie horror darling Starry Eyes. Details beyond that are still scarce, so it’s unclear just how much this new film will serve as a remake of Mary Lambert’s 1989 original, and how much it will instead go back and re-adapt King’s book.
For what it’s worth, King himself wrote the script for Lambert’s Pet Sematary adaptation, so it’s unlikely that new writing duo Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich will be able to get any closer to the novel than King did. Perhaps they’ll instead seek to change things up a bit by throwing some narrative curveballs at fans.
Personally, I’ll be satisfied as a King devotee as long as this Pet Sematary is rated R, and doesn’t shy away from realizing the more terrifying parts of the horror master’s harrowing story of unfortunate death and tainted rebirth.