Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have come on board the Paramount Pictures Stephen King reboot of the 1989 horror Pet Sematary.
The original “Pet Sematary” was based on the King novel, which follows the travails of a family who moves into a new home next to a cemetery endowed with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead. King is said to have been inspired to write the story after his family moved to a town where a number of pets lives where claimed on a busy stretch of road and the locals buried their beloved dead animals in a cemetery they created themselves.
The 1989 synopsis read;
“Louis Creed and his wife Rachel move their two children into a home and soon learn there is a creepy Pet Sematary near their property, where legend has it that animals buried there come back to life. It starts with their cat being run over and brought back, and it gets much worse when the reanimation attempt turns to humans, who don’t come back exactly as they were before.”
1989, Mary Lambert directed classic was a huge success, earning $57 million dollars on only a budget of $11 million and even saw a sequel three years after its initial release with both Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards both starring.
A remake has been on the cards since 2010, at the time of the announcement Seventh Son and 1408’s Matt Greenberg was working on a script with Guillermo del Toro down to direct the adaptation. However, due to del Toro’s busy schedule, the project never materialised.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura – who has been attached to the remake since 2013 – and Mark Vahradian are producing from a script by Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich.