It Helmer Wants Pet Sematary to Be His Next Stephen King Adaptation


With The Dark Tower's recent release and positive buzz binding around the forthcoming It reboot -- not to mention last year's miniseries 11.22.63 on Hulu, Spike TV's recent The Mist series, and AT&T's Audience Channel show Mr. Mercedes -- it feels like we're in the midst of Stephen King-aissance. The question now isn't so much if there will be further King adaptations, but when and which ones. If It director Andy Muschietti has any say in the matter, next up will be another reboot of one of King's most popular novels of the '80s: Pet Sematary.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Muschietti said he and producing partner and sister, Barbara Muschietti, are huge fans of the 1983 novel and the 1989 film adaptation. Andy Muschietti told the Sun, “If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.” Those who have seen the '89 film version. or its 1992 sequel starring Edward Furlong, will know it played up the campiness of the novel's premise. Namely the story of a cemetery that reanimates the dead buried in its ground, but as evil-minded versions of those who died.

If Muschietti's It is well-received, he may have plenty of King projects in the near future, first and foremost being the It sequel, which would cover the second half of the novel. Additionally, the Muschietties own the rights to King's short story, The Jaunt, and Andy is slated to direct the pilot for Hulu's Locke & Key TV show, an adaptation based on the comic series penned by Joe Hill, King's son.

Considering King has about 60 novels and 200 short stories floating around the world, filmmakers have plenty of material to choose from. His work has already been adapted into almost a hundred various movies, TV shows and miniseries since the '70s. However, his work doesn't always translate well to screen, and each entity comes with an intensely loyal fan base, a lesson The Dark Tower film is learning at the moment.

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