IT Director Wants To Adapt Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

Stephen King adaptations may have been hit-or-miss fare this year, with The Dark Tower failing miserably both with critics and fans, but there’s no denying the gargantuan success of IT. Not only did the latter film succeed as a horror film, but it also managed to capture its true essence as a coming of age story.

Based on the strengths of the movie, it’s easy to see that Muschietti has an eye for what makes King’s work shine. This will certainly serve him well next year, when he tackles IT: Chapter Two, which will follow the Losers Club as adults. But while that sequel is a priority for Muschietti, it isn’t the only Stephen King novel he has his eyes on.

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“My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die,” Muschitti told EW. “I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.”

While Pet Sematary is well known in its own right as a novel, the 1989 adaptation is a film that really kicked off its awareness to the mainstream. The film succeeded on many levels, but it’s been long enough that a remake could be in the cards. But what are the odds of Muschietti locking down the gig?

Regarding this question, IT producer Barbara Muschietti said:

“We’ll see who gets to it first. But it is the first Stephen King book that we read, and it’s something that has been a great love, because it is possibly King’s most personal book. You can imagine his young family. What will you do to be able to keep your family? How far would you go? I really hope we can do it. But if we do it, we have to do it justice, like we did with IT. The versions we read in the past years, the scripts we’ve read, have not been, in our opinion, representative of the book.”

Even if the Muschiettis do tackle the film, it likely won’t be for a while. In addition to IT, Andy Muschietti is also on board to helm the Locke & Key pilot for Hulu, which is based on the comic of the same from Stephen King’s son Joe Hill. In short, it’s a possibility, but we wouldn’t hold out for anything before 2020, given their busy schedule.

More likely is Paramount Pictures moving forward with another creative team, in hopes of capitalizing on IT’s success. But is that the right move? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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