Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to Reboot ‘Pet Sematary’

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Briefly: Halloween is the perfect day to announce news on a horror remake — it’s the best day for digging up the dead, after all. The new version of the story originally created as a novel by Stephen King was announced a couple years ago, and had Alexandre Aja attached to direct a few months later.

And why not remake Pet Sematary? The first film has its charms (Fred Gwynne’s ridiculous accent, the Ramones, and a good Achilles tendon slice among them), but it can’t be called good. But the story, about a young father that takes advantage of a magical Native American burial ground to re-animate his dead son, is a good one. There’s a lot of chilling material there, which helps elevate even the most uninspired bits of the original film.

The script is by Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign Of Fire) and David Kajganich (The Invasion) and now 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been set to direct. Granted, the director has been attached to two other remakes, The Crow and Highlander, and neither of those have worked out. Will this one live a full life, or will it die once more, and require burial in some horrifically enchanted earth to be revived down the road? [Variety]

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Earlier this year, word came down that Paramount was thinking of dipping back into the Stephen King oeuvre and remaking Pet Sematary, which was originally published in 1983 and made into a movie in 1989. Since then things have been quiet on the reanimated kids front, but now it seems that Alexandre Aja, a director who most recently had some fun with another animal-titled movie in Piranha 3D, could be taking the helm. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Paramount Developing Remake of ‘Pet Sematary’

Stephen King is big movie business again. Chalk that up to the massive film and TV adaptation of his Dark Tower series that has industry players Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer pushing it forward. Then there is the new version of The Stand, which Warner Bros. is developing, and possible new versions of Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive.

The latest new King project is a possible remake of the 1989 film Pet Sematary, which starred Fred Gwynne and his awful Maine accent in a film about dead pets and children coming back to life. Read More »

Pet Sematary

1408 screenwriter Matthew Greenberg has been hired to pen a remake of another Stephen King adaptation, Pet Sematary. Transformers/G.I. Joe/1408 producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is attached, and the project is set up at Paramount Pictures. Aside from the previous King adaptation, Greenberg’s screenwriting credits include a bunch of subpar genre efforts: Reign of Fire, Halloween H20 and The Prophecy II. No director has been attached.

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