Described by Stephen King himself as his most frightening book, Pet Sematary tells the story of Louis Creed, a doctor who moves with his young family to a small town in Maine. Their new neighbour, Jud Crandall, shows them the local pet cemetery (misspelled on the sign as ‘sematary’) where the town’s children bury their dead pets. When the family’s cat is later run over, Jud shows Louis the sacred burial ground beyond the cemetery, where what’s buried comes back a little crooked.
The novel has been adapted twice, once in 1989 with a script written by King himself, and a second time in 2019. This latter version is now getting a prequel on ViacomCBS’s Paramount Plus, with screenwriter Jeff Buhler returning. At the time of Pet Sematary’s film release in 2019, Buhler had said that “we had discussions about possible follow-up films, and for the most part, everybody feels like we’ve told the story of the Creeds. So a lot of the ideas that we’ve been batting around currently, recently, have all been about… digging into the mythology of the town, these rituals that children present, the mythology of the Mi’kmaq, the Wendigo, the cemetery, the origins, Jud’s life.”
No word yet on casting or a potential release date, so stay tuned!