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Development: Pet Sematary begins filming; Carmen M. Machado horror anthology to become TV series

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Dec 4, 2018, 5:18 PM EST (Updated)

We’ve got an update on the production of the upcoming Pet Sematary film and news on Imagine Television developing a feminist Black Mirror show based on a massively popular collection of horror stories for this brief yet intense development roundup. So let's get things rolling... 

First up, great news, Pet Sematary fans! Production for the film has begun. Co-director Dennis Widmyer has taken to Twitter to show that it is indeed on. 

“Day one. #PetSematary,” Widmyer wrote, simply enough, along with a picture of him with co-director Kevin Kolsch holding the electric clapboard somewhere in a wooded area with other crew members in the background. 

This new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel about a family who learns that there’s an ancient burial ground that resurrects the dead — with mixed results — stars Jason Clarke as Louis Creed and John Lithgow as Jud Crandall.  This remake/re-adaptation is based off a script by Jeff Buhler (showrunner of SYFY's George R.R. Martin series Nightflyers).

Pet Sematary is slated to shuffle zombie-like into theatres of April 19, 2019.


Meanwhile, Vulture is reporting that Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story anthology Her Body and Other Parties is being developed into a series. After receiving multiple pitches from potential buyers, Machado ultimately selected Imagine Television to adapt her collection of queer, feminist horror stories for the small screen. 

Imagine Television is pitching the series as a “feminist Black Mirror.” The production company’s president, Samie Kim Falvey, told Vulture that Machado’s stories “capture the intense, unspoken psychology of inhabiting a woman’s body today.” 

Writer-producer Gina Welch (Feud, The Terror) is attached to the project.