The Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary has its director, Deadline reports. According to the outlet, Paramount Pictures has locked down Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch to take the helm for the horror film.
The two are perhaps best known for their work on the 2014 thriller Starry Eyes, but they’ve also done some work for Scream: The TV Series. Given that they’re relatively new to this directing game (at least by Hollywood standards), it’s hard to tell how well they fit the material. That being said, with their horror and dark fantasy background, it’s certainly a move in the right direction from the studio.
Below is the synopsis for the original novel:
“When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son—and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth—more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.
The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.”
Pet Sematary is the latest in a long string of projects from Stephen King. Most recently, stories like IT, The Dark Tower, Gerald’s Game, 1922, Mr. Mercedes, and The Mist have received either film or TV adaptations. It’s clear that his work holds up fairly well in today’s landscape, and there’s rarely been a better time to be a fan of his work.
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