It was reported back in March last year that Matthew Greenberg, who adapted another of Stephen King’s stories, 1408, would be resurrecting Pet Sematary, and it seems that script is now due to be turned in. Or so says The LA Times whose source is apparently briefed on the project, albeit unauthorised to comment publicly. While Paramount have also declined to comment, executives at the studio are putting out feelers for a “high level” director to tackle the tale of the undead, scalpel wielding toddler.
Mary Lambert’s 1989 original film adaptation starred Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne and Miko Hughes and told the story of the young Creed family who move to a new house next to a high speed road. When their son Gage is killed on the road, the distraught father buries him in a nearby sacred burial ground that reanimates the dead. Hit the jump for more.
As a rule, like most of the film community, I’m not a fan of remakes, and especially not of remakes of films that frankly were brilliantly terrifying in the first place. As the saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it’. Pet Sematary might be old and dated, but it definitely ain’t broken, as a fresh viewing of the film recently reminded me – it still packs a serious scare! (Perhaps largely down to Miko Hughes performance as the resurrected psycho kid).
However, it was Matthew Greenberg that penned 1408 starring John Cusack, which transpired to be one of the more effective among recent horror films, so there can be some encouragement knowing that the script is in his hands. There are no casting reports, and who knows how long it might take to find a director, so while production seems imminent, it could be some time before Gage is fully exhumed.
Stephen King seems to be the man of the moment and he is definitely enjoying a Hollywood revival. Already there is a frenzy of excitement about The Stand and The Dark Tower, the latter an epic cinematic venture of a trilogy and two season TV series for which Javier Bardem has been offered the lead.