It's alive! Pet Sematary remake will rise from the dead in 2019

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Mar 27, 2021, 3:00 AM EDT (Updated)

When you bury a movie on sacred burial ground, it will come back to life as an evil entity. Everyone knows that, but Paramount is taking the risk anyway with a cinematic remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. Variety reports that the studio has set a release date of April 19, 2019, for the horror movie, which will be co-directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes). 

The first big-screen adaptation of King's World Fantasy Award-winning 1983 novel of the same name came in 1989 from director Mary Lambert. The movie centers on a father (Dale Midkiff) who buries his dead pet and son in the earth of an ancient Micmac burial ground only to have them return as evil shadows of their former selves. King adapted his own work for the movie, which made nearly $60 million over its $11.5 million budget despite a middling reception from critics. Based on the financial success, a sequel, Pet Sematary Two, was made in 1992 with Lambert returning as director. The follow-up wasn't as lucky, making only $17.5 million and currently holding a 26 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

It will be interesting to see what kind of modern updates the remake will include and how it might tie into the King literary universe at large, if at all.