The last we’d heard on the upcoming new take on Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was that it would hit the big screen in April 2019. And now, we have word on who is currently in talks to headline the picture.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Clarke is believed to be in talks to star in this latest adaptation of King’s 1983 novel. Clarke, of course, will be best known to genre fans for the likes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Terminator Genisys, and he’s now in negotiations to play the Dr Louis Creed role played by Dale Midkiff in the 1989 adaptation of the property.
For not familiar with Pet Sematary, as mentioned it began life back in ’83, with the story focussing on an eerie pet cemetery - which is misspelled as sematary - behind the new home purchased by the Creed family. Rumour has it, any animals buried in said cemetery will come back to life. The tale doesn’t stop there though, for things don’t go exactly to plan when the hallowed ground is used to reanimate humans…
King’s work would famously be adapted for the big screen in 1989 by director Mary Lambert – itself in turn followed by a 1993 sequel. Ever since 2010, there’s been regular chatter of a remake happening, and at one point we even had the brilliant Guillermo del Toro throwing his hat in the ring to tackle the redo. Ultimately, del Toro’s uber-busy schedule didn’t allow for anything further to happen on that front, but we are now still getting a new take on this old favourite.
Where this latest take on an old favourite is concerned, the duo of Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are sharing directing duties, with the pair also having worked on the screenplay with Jeff Buhler.
As ever, expect more on this new Pet Sematary as it continues to develop.