Guillermo del Toro reveals the Stephen King story he 'would kill' to direct

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Oct 19, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Geek icon Guillermo del Toro seems to keep at least a half dozen projects in perpetual states of development, and it sounds like there’s one more he’d love to take add to the list. Can someone please put this man in touch with Stephen King?

During a tweet story today, where he touched on everything from his favorite kaiju (Godzilla) to his favorite monster (Frankenstein’s creature), the famed director also talked about what he’s been reading today. Turns out he’s digging into King’s back catalog and is knee-deep in the 1983 horror novel Pet Sematary. Even better: Del Toro said he “would kill” (probably not literally) to turn it into a movie. Yes, please.

Check out his tweet below:

Considering his gothic horror tale Crimson Peak is opening wide today, and plans for Pacific Rim 2 have apparently hit the skids, it stands to reason the director might have his options open. Of course, this is just idle chatter — but if Neill Blomkamp can will himself into the director’s chair for an Alien sequel, it stands to reason del Toro could make a push for Pet Sematary if he really wanted it.

Of course, the book was already adapted to film in 1989 (with a sequel in 1992), and there’ve been rumblings of a reboot since around 2010. Last we heard (two years ago), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was in talks to direct. Who knows, maybe del Toro’s potential involvement could finally push this one over the edge?

What do you think? Would you like to see the man behind Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth adapt Pet Sematary?

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