Stephen King's ‘Pet Sematary’ Getting a Film Remake [Watch]
News of the imminent remake of Stephen King's 1983 horror novel "Pet Sematary" has been circulating now for nearly two years since Variety first reported on it back in 2013. Back then, it was reported that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was attached to helm the project, but the reboot gained renewed life with the addition of writer Jeff Buhler in 2014.
According to an exclusive interview with Buhler by online horror news site Dread Central, the film has been kicked into high gear and the film will be taking off soon.
Buhler said he has spent the last three months fine tuning the script with Fresnadillo, who is perhaps best known for his film "28 Weeks Later," a follow up to the zombie film "28 Days Later." "Pet Sematary," which also boasts producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider, is in the early stages of planning for pre-production.
"The characters in this script make some tragic decisions, and the horror is about the ramifications of those decisions," Buhler told Dread Central. "There are still the supernatural aspects of the book, with the pet cemetery and the burial ground from which things come back from the dead."
Buhler also spoke about how the original 1989 film, which was directed by Mary Lambert, displayed certain classic horror tropes particular to its time. According to Buhler, the new script concentrates on the more emotional side of King's story, maintaining the horror elements, but dropping the cheesier aspects like Gage's post-resurrection catch phrases.
As for the anticipated start date for production, Buhler revealed that the team is still trying to nail down a budget with Paramount. Once approved, he said that the script will be ready to go upon Fresnadillo's return from New York in August.
Check out a clip of the most iconic scene from 1989 classic below: