Stephen King’s works have experienced a recent resurgence on film and television, with some massively successful and others less so. Paramount Pictures hopes its plans to reanimate the 1989 horror film Pet Sematary falls into the former category, with a newly announced release date suggesting the long-developing project is now on the fast track.
Variety reports the new version, directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), will arrive in theaters on April 19, 2019. That places the film only a few months ahead of the release of It: Chapter Two.
Pet Sematary is written by horror veterans Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and David Kajganich (Blood Creek), with Alexandra Loewy producing.
Based on King’s 1983 novel, Pet Sematary follows a family that moves into a house situated next to a pet cemetery with the power to resurrect the dead. Unfortunately, those that come back are a bit … different. And by “different,” we mean murderous and demonic. The 1989 original adaptation directed was a modest hit, followed by a less-than-stellar 1992 sequel starring a young Edward Furlong.
While the remake doesn’t have a cast attached, here’s to hoping they include the Wendigo this time around.
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