'28 Weeks Later' Director Eyes a Trip to the 'Pet Sematary'

'28 Weeks Later' Director Eyes a Trip to the 'Pet Sematary'

Nov 01, 2013

Pet Sematary

Remember way back in 2010 when people were talking about Alexandre Aja directing a remake of Pet Sematary? That whole thing fell apart (with Aja going on to direct another project tied to King -- the adaptation of son Joe Hill's novel Horns), but like things buried in the mystical graveyard of King's book, this project simply won't stay dead.

The latest news has 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo stepping in to helm the update. I like the idea, but Fresnadillo hasn't had a whole lot of luck getting his projects moving at this point in his career (he's been in the running for other titles only to lose the job, and walked away from the Highlander reboot). As such, I'd not start shopping for a congratulatory card to send Fresnadillo for his new gig just yet.

That being said, it does seem like this remake is going to happen sooner or later. There's already a completed script that studio execs are happy with, so it's mostly a matter of finding the right helmer to reinterpret both King's novel (which he refused to publish for years because he felt it was too horrifying) and Mary Lambert's film. The real question is this: is anyone out there really clamoring for a Pet Sematary remake at this point? Weigh in below -- and expect more updates on this project once a director is officially hired.

[via IndieWire]

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