And here it is! A remake to Pet Sematary looks to finally be in the works with 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo at the helm, reports Variety. Here’s a remake I think a lot of people have been asking for, including myself. I’m a huge fan of Mary Lambert’s 1989 original, but it’s just one of those flicks that I always felt suffered because of questionable acting. I think fans will be behind this one, giving Fresnadillo the rare opportunity to really blow us away with a fresh take on the classic tale. This may surprise some of you, but the 1989 film was quite the box office success, grossing $57 million domestically—it’s actually the fourth highest grossing adaptation of a King novel. Not bad!
Fresnadillo’s vision will be a new take on Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel. Here’s the synopsis for the book:
The house looked right, felt right, to Dr Louis Creed.
Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.
But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial. A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding…
The screenplay was penned by Matt Greenberg (1408) and David Kajganich (The Invasion); Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) will produce for Paramount.