Stephen King’s Pet Sematary remake digs up directors

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Mar 26, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s good to be a Stephen King property right about now. In another example of a King adaptation getting fast tracked, Paramount has tapped its new Pet Sematary directors: Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.

The duo are best known for directing the evil-Hollywood horror film Starry Eyes, and have also been heavily involved in MTV’s Scream adaptation. MTV and Paramount are both subsidies of Viacom, for what it’s worth.

Pet Sematary formulated in the twisted caverns of King’s mind, and manifested on the page in his 1983 bestselling novel. Mary Lambert – who, coincidentally, rose to prominence in the MTV music video landscape of the ‘80s and still directs many of our favorite shows today – helmed both the 1989 original adaptation and 1992’s Pet Sematary II. According to Variety, Kolsch and Widmyer have been tapped for a “remake,” as opposed to a sequential third film.

The original hit film finds Jud Creed (Fred Gwynne, aka Herman Munster) and the rest of the Creed family being haunted, and possibly hunted, by the spirits of the creatures buried in the pet semetary [sic] behind the family’s home. Besides writing the screenplay (along with Steven Schneider), King also famously cameoed as a creepy preacher, which you can see some of in the trailer above. The sequel added Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, and Clancy Brown to the mix, but failed to generate the same booming box office.

For the remake, Paramount has Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian producing a script by Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich. No word yet on a release date, but we’ll keep you haunted.

What do you think, is such horrific news dropping on Halloween a good omen or a bad one?