Progress on the new adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary seems to be moving right along. The film was originally poised to debut in theaters on April 19th, 2019 – two days prior to its 30th anniversary on April 21st, 2019. But Paramount has decided to bump up the release to bring the horror flick to the big screen even sooner. It’s now coming our way on April 5th, 2019.
Back in October we report that Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch had signed on to director the project. The two gained notoriety for the 2014 horror film that they co-wrote and directed, Starry Eyes. Producers on the project are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Steven Schneider and Alexandra Loewy. The scripting duties were handled by Jeff Buhler.
To those unfamiliar, Pet Sematary is derived from the novel written by King in 1983. A film adaptation was released in 1989, and while poorly reviewed (47% on Rotten Tomatoes), it earned quite the cult following. A sequel to the movie was produced and released in 1992. It starred Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards and Clancy Brown. It was even more poorly received than its predecessor, with a 26% positive average following 19 reviews.
The Pet Sematary reboot hopes to outdo what previous efforts have attempted. The cast is beginning to assemble. Australian actor Jason Clarke has been cast in the lead role of Louis Creed. And the legendary John Lithgow is set to take on the neighborly role of Jud Crandall.
We’ll report on further casting details as we get them. But it’s clearly evident that the television and film resurgence of King continues. We recently received a release date and trailer for Castle Rock. A film adaptation of The Long Walk might finally be in actual development. The Bone Church sounds as though it may be headed to TV, and that’s not to mention The Dark Tower and It recently hitting theaters. With one being a bit more well received than the other…
There’s numerous others either released, set, or tentatively slated for upcoming development too. For a thorough look at all adaptations King, checkout Nerd Much’s previously released feature covering works by the author that should be headed to screens.