Contrary to popular opinion regarding classic horror films, apparently sometimes dead isn’t better. After the wild success of Andy Muschietti’s IT, producers are once again setting their sights on the works of literary giant and genre king, Stephen King. This time, it’s Pet Sematary‘s turn, but the combination of the attached directors and the potential lead is at least a promising start.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that discussions are underway to attach Jason Clarke (Winchester, Terminator Genisys, Zero Dark Thirty) to the role of doctor and patriarch Louis Creed. The role was first played by Dale Midkiff in the 1989 film adaptation (directed by Mary Lambert).
The 2019 remake will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, co-directors of 2014’s Starry Eyes and the Valentine’s Day segment of Holidays. For those unfamiliar with their work, I will note that they’re highly adept at combining the visceral elements of gruesome body horror with delicate and complex emotions. In other words, Pet Sematary seems like the perfect fit.
The plot description is as follows:
Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, they resort to burying it in the mysterious pet sematary which is definitely not as it seems as it proves to the Creeds that a pet isn’t just for life…
The script comes from writers David Kajganich (AMC’s The Terror, True Story) and Matt Greenberg (1408, Halloween H:20), with a most recent draft from Juff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train).
Buhler is also penning the scripts for the upcoming remakes of The Grudge and Jacob’s Ladder. Pet Sematary comes to us from Paramount Pictures with producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, and Steven Schneider.
Apparently they’re scheduled to begin filming in Toronto in May. At this time, there have been no additional casting announcements, so we’ll just have to wait to find out who will be the lucky cat to play the iconic role of Church.
We will, of course, keep you updated as we hear more, so be sure to keep an eye out.