– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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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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SOURCE: Deadline

  • Mad Barchetta

    Luke warm on this. While I recognize that the original film adaptation was no masterpiece, I still think it achieved its goals of being a very unsettling piece of movie-making. I’d be hard-pressed to think of how it could be improved upon. Maybe a bit more likable leads? Fred Gwynne was perfect, but I found the parents to be somewhat annoying and not as sympathetic as could have been, especially Denise Crosby’s character.

    Still, I’d like to think that remaking a movie just to improve the leads really isn’t that worthwhile an endeavor. Sure, there’s a good bit of background that King wrote that could be added to the movie, but that can be said about EVERY King novel. That’s probably why his shorter stories often work better in movies; they don’t rely so much upon the reams and reams of background he usually gives us in his full-length novels.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.