pet sematary sxsw review

Between his career as a producer and his time as a Warner Brothers executive, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has been responsible for many films that movie lovers can describe as formative. And now it’s dawned on him too, especially as he reads 20th anniversary articles about The Matrix this week. “It’s been interesting to read 20th anniversary of Matrix [articles] because it makes me all of a sudden go, ‘Jesus,that was a long time ago, wasn’t it?’” Di Bonaventura told /Film. “Wow, time has passed very fast. Obviously I’m super proud of that movie so it’s nice to read about it again.”

This week, di Bonaventura’s adaptation of Pet Sematary opens in theaters after premiering at SXSW to rave reviews, including our own and Stephen King’s. Even before SXSW, the trailer revealed a big change in this adaptation. Instead of Louis (Jason Clarke) and Rachel Creed’s (Amy Seimetz) youngest child Gage dying, it’s Ellie (Jete Lawrence). Since neighbor Jud (John Lithgow) helped Louis resurrect Ellie’s cat Church in the Micmac burial ground behind the “Pet Sematary,” Louis still goes down a dark path.

Di Bonaventura spoke with /Film by phone this week about the adaption of Pet Sematary, from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch and writers Matt Greenberg and Jeff Buhler. With many franchises under his banner, di Bonaventura also answered questions about McClane, Snake Eyes and sequels to Transformers and The Meg, before finally revisiting The Matrix. Pet Sematary opens Friday, April 5.

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pet sematary prequel

Pet Sematary isn’t out in theaters yet, but people are already asking about sequels. While author Stephen King never wrote a follow-up to this terrifying book, there was a sequel film made to the original 1989 film adaptation – 1992’s Pet Sematary Two. According to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, this new adaptation likely won’t follow in its predecessors footsteps and make a sequel. But there is room for a potential Pet Sematary prequel.

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new transformers movies

The Transformers universe is about to get a whole lot sexier. According to franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, new Transformers movies might introduce a love story between Transformers – because sure, why not? What else is there left to do with this series but have two giant robots cuddling up and getting busy? They could even play some Barry White music from their car radios. And when they kiss…sparks could fly. Literally. This writes itself, people.

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Bumblebee 2

Last year’s Transformers prequel Bumblebee took a stripped-down approach to its story about an alien robot by eschewing excessive action in favor of an Amblin-style relationship between the eponymous Autobot and Hailee Steinfeld’s human character. But according to the film’s producer, they still haven’t quite landed on the right balance between character moments and action beats.

In a new interview, Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who’s produced every Transformers movie thus far) says he plans to switch things up in Bumblebee 2 and the rest of the planned Transformers films to create “a fusion of Bumblebee and the [Michael] Bay movies” with “a little more Bayhem.”
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pet sematary set visit

Over the summer, I had the chance to head to the Montreal set of Pet Sematary, the new adaptation/remake of Stephen King‘s 1983 novel. What I saw there excited me beyond my wildest dreams. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and Pet Sematary is my favorite King novel, immediately making me suspicious of any adaptation. What I came away with is the knowledge and confidence that the film is in excellent hands, and might just be the next great Stephen King movie adaptation.

(This Pet Sematary set visit report is as spoiler-free as possible. Check back with us closer to the film’s release for a more spoiler-centric report.)

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bumblebee compared to the iron giant

Transformers: The Last Knight will be the last outing for director Michael Bay, but it’s only the beginning for the Transformers franchise. The first of 14 (!) more Transformers movies in development will be Bumblebee, the ’80s-set prequel for the lovable yellow Autobot.

And while the Bumblebee movie is assembling all sorts of talent behind and in front of the camera — Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is set to helm the spin-off while Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is circling the lead role — but we all know a good movie is more than just the good talent working on it. Worry not, says Lorenzo di Bonaventura, as the Transformers franchise producer assures us that the story holds up and even draws comparisons to another beloved and critically acclaimed robot movie: The Iron Giant.

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Paramount Rebooting ‘The Saint’ as a Movie

The Saint reboot

In Hollywood’s ongoing quest to revive any and every existing I.P., they’ve dug down deep and come up with an 88-year-old vigilante. Paramount is reportedly developing a feature adaptation of The Saint, which Gen Xers and older Millennials might remember as that 1997 thriller starring Val Kilmer, Boomers might remember as that 1960s TV series starring Roger Moore, and their parents and grandparents might remember as a series of books by Leslie Charteris, a radio program, and/or a series of movies.  Read More »

The Crow

Last year, it was rumored director Corin Hardy was going to drop out of The Crow. Then it was said Hardy would shoot the remake this year. And then, following Relativity Media’s legal woesThe Hallow director finally exited the project. In another turn of events, Hardy might return to The Crow, but as we wait to see if that’ll come to pass, he’s signed up to direct Hell Bent, which is described as “The Dirty Dozen goes to hell.”

Below, learn more about the Corin Hardy project and the troubled remake of The Crow.

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Jupiter's Legacy screenwriters

Chrononauts, Starlight, American Jesus, Super Crooks, Empress: The list of in-development adaptations of Mark Millar‘s work goes on and on. Hollywood just can’t get enough of the comic book writer behind Wanted and Kick-Ass. A year ago, it was reported an adaptation of another one of Millar’s properties, Jupiter’s Legacy, was in the works, with a little help from powerhouse producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers). Now Bonaventura and all involved have tapped cousins and screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn to pen the adaptation.

Below, learn more about the upcoming Mark Millar adaptation.

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How appropriate that a franchise called Die Hard simply refuses to die. 20th Century Fox is reportedly making plans for a sixth Die Hard movie, with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman returning to the helm. This one will be a prequel of sorts, but don’t worry — Bruce Willis will still get to return in his signature role. More about Die Hard 6 after the jump.

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