28 WEEKS LATER Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Helm New Adaptation of PET SEMATARY

     October 31, 2013


Since his 2011 film Intruders, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been bouncing around reboots.  A couple years ago, he was attached to direct a reboot of The Crow and Highlander, but ended up dropping out of both.  Now he’s headed toward yet another tested property.  According to Variety, he will stick with the horror genre to direct a remake of Paramount’s Pet Sematary.  Based on the novel by Stephen King, the story is about a family that moves in to a home located next to a cemetery (always a bad idea), and they discover that the cemetery can bring its buried creatures back from the dead.  A remake has been kicking around for the past several years, and at one point Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D) was in talks to directMary Lambert‘s 1989 adaptation grossed $57 million on a $11 million budget.  She then directed the sequel, Pet Sematary II, but it didn’t have the same level of success as its predecessor.

There are no details about how Fresnadillo and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura plan to proceed, but perhaps they should look at the recent version of Stephen King’s Carrie and be careful.  When it comes to remakes, “sometimes dead is better.”

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Of all the Stephen King films that have been remade why did they choose to do this? It was done fine the 1st time as it was as close to the novel as you could make it. Why not do something like “It” or “Salems’ Lot”. Both have only been treated to TV films (both fine but severely dated) and would work great with today’s special effects. But instead we get remakes to this and “Carrie”. Both films that were great in their times and still hold up well today. SMH.

    • Norrtron

      I agree, I just happen to be in the middle of reading Pet Sematary and it really doesn’t stand out so far as being one of the better King books. “It” definetly deserves another chance, freakiest book I’ve ever read. Just for the love of God don’t include the kiddy gang bang.

      Also, with the success of Game of Thrones, I would love to see a TV adaptation of the Dark Tower series on HBO. The last couple books get pretty out there though, which is why I imagine the property has had such a hard time getting green lit.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Because MGM has a lot of debts and can’t afford to make original movies so they have to remake their libraries
      That’s why Ben hur is next

    • doctor_robot

      it’s just my opinion, but i have to disagree… even as a child i knew this movie was crap. the acting is some of the worst ever, i could never get past how awful the mom, dad and daughter were. just 2 weeks ago i watched this movie with my 10 year old… he wanted to watch something scary because it was so close to halloween. i hadn’t seen it in probably 20 years… i hope this was absolutely the last time. the only actors worth watching in the flick were fred gwynne and the guy who played pascow.

      now i do agree about “it and “salem’s lot”… as well as “carrie”. i feel that carrie is a classic fllm…. much better than pet sematary. no need for a remake, there… though if they had a different director, i could have been more game for it.

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  • Cog

    Remake something new…….. ;-]