Pet Sematary

  Tags: based on book, Dennis Widmyer, Jeff Buhler, Kevin Kolsch, Paramount Pictures, Pet Sematary, REMAKES, Stephen King, SUPERNATURAL

No official plot yet, but the original told the story of a family that moves to a small Maine town with a pet cemetery and an Indian burial ground that's said to resurrect anyone who's buried in it.

April 19, 2019
In Development
Paramount Pictures
Kevin Kolsch
Dennis Widmyer
Jeff Buhler
Matthew Greenberg (early draft)
Dave Kajganich (early draft)
Mike Werb (early draft)
Michael Colleary (early draft)

  • The studio has set directing duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) to helm the film.
  • Not much of an update on the project other than a recent interview with writer Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train), who reveals that "they are currently out to cast, and they are going for some bigger names, so it’s taking some time." (3/3/16)
  • Writer Jeff Buhler had a recent interview where he talks about his script and potential take for the film, saying: "The characters in this script make some tragic decisions, and the horror is about the ramifications of those decisions. There are still the supernatural aspects of the book, with the pet cemetery and the burial ground from which things come back from the dead, but the real horror is, ‘What do these things do to the family? What does it do to a person to see their child killed, but then to know that they can bring them back? How do you tussle with that idea? And if and when you make that choice, what does that do to you? Will that child be the same? How can life ever return to normal?"
  • He continued... "This is pretty far from the 1980’s film, which I adore for certain things that are very intrinsic to that time period in terms of the genre, like a truck driver smoking a joint to a Ramones song. But when a little kid comes back with a scalpel and is like, ‘I want to play with you,’ it kind of becomes Chucky. With this one, we really wanted to get into the emotional aspects of it. There’s still plenty of visceral horror that’s explored, but I’ve always felt that if you lean more into the characters and into their emotional lives, when the visceral shit hits the fan, it’s ten times more scary." (7/17/15)
  • Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intruders) was at one point in talks to direct.
  • Despite previous reports that the film is aiming for a PG-13 rating, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura says that's unlikely, though hasn't exactly ruled it out either. Writer Matt Greenberg is currently working on the script and is reportedly going to "try some new things in the first couple drafts and see how it plays."
  • The latest scribe to tackle the script is Matthew Greenberg, who also adpated King's 1408 for the big screen.
  • Scripter David Kajganich (Blood Creek, Invasion) was quoted saying he turned in an early draft of the script during a time where the studio was going through a regime change, and a new executive wanted the project to appeal to a younger audience (for instance, we'd see a teenaged Ellie as the main character). David couldn't stand behind that idea, so got out of his contract and left the project.
  • Alphaville Films was originally set to produce.
  • Paramount Pictures, who put out the original film, are also putting this out.
  • At one point George Clooney was rumored to be considered as the lead.
  • Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (Face/Off duo) were originally scripting this.
  • Although it was announced (and follows the spelling in the book and previous film) as Pet Sematary, the correct spelling would be Pet Cemetery.
  • Stephen King wrote the screenplay for the original film, but has involvement with this remake.
  • This project has been in development since the early start of the new century.
  • Based on the Stephen King story and a remake of the 1989 movie with the same name.





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