Paramount Pictures has hired the team of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer to direct the upcoming remake of Pet Sematary.
Fresh off the heels of the success Paramount found in It, the studio is ready to move forward with another adaptation of a Stephen King novel. The story centers on a family who moves into a new home next to a cemetery that has the power to bring the dead back to life.
Pet Sematary was first adapted as a film in 1989, directed by Mary Lambert and written by King and Steven Schneider. The movie earned $57 million on an $11 million budget, which led to the release of an unsuccessful sequel in 1992 called Pet Sematary Two.
Kolsch and Widmyer are best known for their 2014 indie horror film Starry Eyes, which was partially funded through Kickstarter and impressed executives around the industry. Before coming to an agreement with the pair, Paramount also considered directors Sean Carter and Johannes Roberts, who delivered the successful British survival horror 47 Meters Down over the summer.
The remake will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich have written a script, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing for Paramount.