Resurrection of King’s Pet Semetary?

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 07, 2011 in News tagged with ,

The 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary was one of the weaker King adaptations (and given that they are usually weak that is saying something). It certainly didn’t shoot the director, Mary Lambert, to any dizzy heights (she subsequently directed Pet Sematary II (1992 and a real bomb), Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) and the tv film Mega Python vs Gatoroid (2011).

The word is that Paramount plans a remake of Pet Semetary, with Matthew Greenberg, who did the screenplay for 1408, about to turn in a new script, and they are looking around for  a ‘high-powered’ director. Back in July the idea had been to make Ellie a teenager and the focus of the story in order to make a teen horror film, but the scriptwriter at the time, David Kajganich, backed out, citing differences with the new executive at Paramount who had these ‘creative’ ideas.

I do hope they’ll do it well this time; Pet Semetary is really one of King’s most shudder inducing books, and it deserves more than the usual treatment accorded to King’s works by movieland.

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