Stephen King's Pet Sematary remake finds its directors
Following the blockbuster success of It, another Stephen King classic is close to returning to the big screen.
EW has confirmed that Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) have been tapped to direct a remake of Pet Sematary for Paramount.
The original 1989 film, based on the King novel of the same name, follows a family who moves into a home next to a burial ground where the dead don’t rest in peace. The success of that adaptation spawned a sequel, which was released in 1992. Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich wrote the script for the new Pet Sematary.
King’s stories are currently having a big moment on TV and in theaters, with the recent releases of The Dark Tower, It, Netflix’s Gerald’s Game and 1922, and TV’s Mr. Mercedes.
News of Kolsch and Widmyer’s involvement on the project was first reported by Variety.
Pet Sematary is a beloved King novel — and at least two major filmmakers have expressed interest in adapting King’s work for another feature: Guillermo del Toro and It filmmaker Andy Muschietti.
“My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die,” Muschietti told EW earlier this year. “I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.”
Added Barbara Muschietti, Andy’s sister and It producer, “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?”