Everyone wants a new piece of Stephen King at the box office after the success of ‘It,’ and now we’ve learned a bit more as to what we can expect from the upcoming ‘Pet Sematary’ remake. Jeff Buhler is working on the script for the film and has big things to say as to not only why they’re doing a remake but informed readers that this will end up being “one of the scariest Stephen King adaptations ever.” Bold words!
Let’s see why he believes this to be the case now, shall we?
As to the reasoning behind the remake, according to Buhler:
“It fucked me when I read it in high school, and I always remember hearing that it was the one book King chucked in the garbage, because it was too scary and dark, and it was his wife and his friend Peter Straub who were like, ‘You have to publish this.’ Now, as a father of a five-year-old and a nine-year-old, I really connected to this story of grief and loss and what it could do to a family in a different way, in that, how far would a parent go to return to their life prior to a tragic event? All of that feels so poignant and universal. It’s our desire to really reconnect to those elements of the story and bring them into a world that speaks to the modern horror audience.”
The idea for loss for parents is a timeless horror and what ‘Pet Sematary’ does with that could easily be adapted to modern times. Much of what is told here could fit into today’s society if done right. As to bringing up the fear factor? Buhler states that “I think we’re on track to make it one of the scariest Stephen King adaptations ever! That’s our goal, anyway.”
While he doesn’t badmouth the movie directly, he does say that “As much as all of us are huge fans of the original film, there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy.” Now, in the book which he is trying to keep things based on: “It f—kid me when I read it in high school.”
I love the original story and don’t feel that the film aged well, so I’m willing to give this the benefit of the doubt, I’m not sure how putting it into an updated setting will help the film.
Are you open to a reboot of ‘Pet Sematary’ or does the first film stand the test of time? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Dread Central