Aug 7, 2017
Director Andy Muschietti and his producing partner Barbara Muschietti are huge Stephen King fans. Good thing, since the two siblings have an adaptation of It due in theaters Sept. 8. But they have their sights set on another King project: Pet Sematary.
That story, about a Maine family who discovers that a local pet cemetery has a nasty habit of resurrecting those buried there, was first adapted as a movie in 1989, followed by a sequel three years later. A remake has long been discussed, most recently by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). But the project hasn’t seen any movement.
“We’re huge fans of Pet Sematary,” Andy told the Toronto Sun. “If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.”
The Muschiettis are no strangers to King's macabre world. In addition to It, the duo are keen on working on a sequel, revealing to USA Today that should a follow-up receive the green light, they envision a story that focuses on the characters as adults as they once again face the evil clown Pennywise. In addition, the Muschiettis own the rights to a King short story, “The Jaunt,” about a method of teleportation with terrible side effects.
Now would be a good time for the siblings to get started on a Pet Sematary adaptation. The house that inspired King’s novel is currently for sale. What better way to pay homage to Stephen King than to write a script in the place that inspired the story?