We knew a reboot of Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary‘ was in the works and have just learned that Jason Clarke (‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘,’Terminator Genisys‘) is likely to be joining the cast in one of the central roles! Clarke has a rich history in both genre work as well as heavy hitting drama such as ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Everest’ which could make him quite suited for the film!
The 1983 work by Stephen King follows a doctor who moved to the country from a major city with his family. There, they discover a pet cemetery that is on an ancient burial ground which can bring dead animals back to life. Only, they aren’t what they used to be. Needless to say, you can guess what any grieving father would do if their son were to be killed in an auto accident. Things quickly go from bad to worse at this point.
Clarke is set for the role of the father and doctor who Dale Midkiff played in the original 1989 movie.
While the time period didn’t heavily factor into the novel or film, I do hope that they keep the story set in the original era as I feel it would fit better in the 70s or 80s.
The new iteration of ‘Pet Sematary’ will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch with a script most recently tackled by Jeff Buhler. It is unclear if that will be the final script which is used in filming. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, and Steven Schneider are also attached as producers for this Paramount production.
A release date is rumored to be in 2019 and while a production timeline has yet to be officially announced, you can expect that it will begin soon to hit that target date.
Are you looking forward to a modern take on ‘Pet Sematary’ or do you feel that the 1989 release still holds up? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter