Jason Clarke

Development roundup: Pet Sematary casting, Westworld team making William Gibson adaptation, Dragon 3 gets title

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Apr 17, 2018

The long-developing remake of Pet Sematary has found its leading man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Clarke, who's become something of a genre staple in films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator: Genisys and Winchester, will play Dr. Louis Creed in the new version of Stephen King's 1983 horror classic.

Creed, a young doctor who moves to rural Maine with his wife and two small children, discovers that an ancient burial ground in the woods behind his house can bring the dead back to life. An unspeakable family tragedy compels Creed to visit the necropolis, despite warnings that the dead don't come back as they were when they were alive.

The role was played by Dale Midkiff in the original 1989 film, which also starred Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Louis' wife and Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as the Creeds' elderly neighbor who tries to stop Louis from utilizing the burial ground's power.

Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, who co-directed the impressive 2014 indie horror film Starry Eyes, will be behind the camera for the remake, which has been scripted by Jeff Buhler from King's novel. The film is due out on April 19, 2019.


Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Westworld creators/showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are developing a new series called The Peripheral for Amazon Studios, based on the novel by cyberpunk legend William Gibson.

The book takes place in America in two different timelines, the near future and one that's a bit more distant and may or may not be an alternate reality. The main character is a woman named Flynne Fisher, who discovers a secret connection between the two realities that gives her a glimpse of a coming apocalypse and involves her in a murder that may have implications for both timelines.

The series is currently in script development with an option for it to go into production, and the team that Nolan and Joy have assembled includes writer Scott B. Smith (author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins) and director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), who is slated to helm the pilot.


How To Train Your Dragon 2

Credit: Dreamworks Animation

Finally, the third film in the animated How to Train Your Dragon series has officially been named. It's called How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and it will arrive in 2019. 

According to Variety, Dreamworks Animation is billing this as the final installment in the series. Most of the voice cast will return, including Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, America Ferrera and others, with franchise mastermind Dean DeBlois directing again.

Attendees at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival, scheduled to take place in mid-June in the small French town of Annecy, will be treated to an extended presentation on the making of the third Dragon film, as well as a retrospective on DeBlois' work and the history of Dreamworks Animation. The event is considered the world's premiere animation festival.