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    Default Paramount remaking Pet Sematary

    http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/0...surrected.html

    Matthew Greenberg, who wrote the Stephen King adaptation “1408,” is heading back to King territory with “Pet Sematary.”

    Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently boarded as producer on the long-gestating project, which is set up at Paramount. Steven Schneider is also producing.

    Published in 1983, King’s creeper tale centered on a family that trades the city life for the country life in Maine, then discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground. When the husband’s toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the father takes the boy’s body to the cemetery, where it is resurrected in demonic form.

    Paramount brought the book to life in 1989, with a feature version adapted by King that starred Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne.

    The new project at one point was being produced by Alphaville, working with a screenplay by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (“Face/Off”), and had George Clooney circling.

    Film group president Adam Goodman, looking over library titles, deemed it worthy to resuscitate.

    Mark Vahradian and David Ready are overseeing for Di Bonaventura Pictures. The company is in production on comic-book adaptation “Red,” starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.

    Greenberg, repped by UTA, has carved out a career in the fantasy and horror genres. Among his credits are “Reign of Fire,” “Halloween: H20” and “Mimic.”

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    That's exciting news!
    A true firewasp ninja would never wear such a ridiculous sweater.

    There's logic in nonsense.

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    mixed on this. Loved the original. Abhorred all the sequals.
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    Yes, the original is very eerie and quite scary. I doubt they could do much better. Where will they find a creepier kid?

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    There are creepy kids all over the place. Have you ever been to a Walmart or the mall on a saturday?
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    There's logic in nonsense.

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    Fred Gwynne was pretty good. Denise Crosby was pretty bad.

    1408 was superb. Me, I do expect that this will be an improvement.

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    This has been "in development" since 2005-2006 and I've been waiting for a release date since.

    I guess I'll get excited once they get their arses in gear and shoot the darn thing.
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    No, you'll get excited when I tell you to get excited.


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    Kidding! I'm in a rather odd mood today, and felt like bossing people around.
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    No, I totally get you. Gotta love those days.

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    Why remake it? Guess I just don't get it - has the world run out of "new" ideas?


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    Um.. why? It was great the first one!

    How do they expect to capitalize on greatness?

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    nonononononoNO...Goddamnit quit with the fuckin' remakes already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannah View Post
    No, you'll get excited when I tell you to get excited.
    This sounds SO naughty.
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    If you rescue me
    I’ll be your friend forever


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    *shrugs*


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    Pet Sematary: Aside from Gage and Jud, the cast could be replaced.

    Regarding sequels: Clancy Motherfucking Brown was in PS2 - 'nuff said.

    1408: I didn't care for the adaptation. I thought John Cusak was a good choice, as was the location, but everything else was wrong. There were unnecessary elements added that didn't enhance the drama and, IMO, detracted from the tension of the real story. Samuel L. was not the right actor for the manager. I wish we could've had the manager from Kubrick's The Shining. The atmosphere and feel was all wrong, too.

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    Well, of course, we've talked lots about the cultural bankruptcy shown in that contemporary trend, on this thread: Remakes
    However, there's also this one to consider: Movies Based On Books
    I just happen to feel that the 1989 adaptation really failed at the level of existential theme which truly distinguishes Pet Sematary. Minor technical matters aside, what the 1408 film added to that story seems worthwhile to me. King's version was essentially Lovecraftian in spirit, and I think the screenplay actually rather well expounded on that. I know that I'm a bit weird, but I find such issues more important than impressonistic tension, and would totally welcome a PS redux without "safe" cliché for crowd-pleasing Hollywood ending.

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    And I think the reason it failed was, primarily, bad casting. They didn't make me believe.

    1408 was one for which I had great expectations. Perhaps that is why I felt that it fell far short of hitting the mark.
    1408 movie


    But that's just my opinion. I also prefer chocolate to just about every other dessert option, hate beets, find Henry James to be a "difficult" read, and adore everything wolf.

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    The original had scenes that freaked me out so much I actually don't want to watch it! I know horror films are supposed to scare you, but...

    I'm talking about the backflash scenes with the cackling 'little girl'. I actually feel slightly guilty for saying that since she was terribly ill, but.. she really was shown in a horrific way. Totally intentionally so, of course.

    Actually I can put up with quite a lot of scary imagery it's the sudden stuff on screen which gets me. Another example would be the dream sequences from American Werewolf in London. Particularly contact lens moment. (Great film though!)

    As for the remake of Pet Sematary, I'm not sure I've seen all of the original to judge, but on the horror front, job jobbed (as my Dad would say).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainslinger View Post
    ...the backflash scenes with the cackling 'little girl'. ...on the horror front, job jobbed (as my Dad would say).
    Good point. I, myself, recently thought of how well the hand in the coffin worked.
    I guess that it could have been much worse. Sure wouldn't want to see a real flop turn out. Maybe I'm just one who's being too picky.
    Quote Originally Posted by Woofer View Post
    And I think the reason it failed was, primarily, bad casting. They didn't make me believe.
    ...
    Well, naturally, that is important. We're going to have to find another thread in which to talk more about 1408 and SLJ.
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    I'm all about the remake. If it's bad then it's bad. If it's good then we have another good movie to watch. it doesn't take away from the original to have a remake made, in fact sometimes it makes you appreciate the original that much more.
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    I'm Okay with it. It just gives me more victims...the people who make remakes.
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    I look forward to it with a strange mixture of skepticism and optimism. I'm prepared in event of it sucking, but hope it doesn't.

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    Re-making good movies is a BAD trend in hollywood.

    I felt the original was one of the best adaptations of King's books so far. His script etc...

    The fact that the director from the stink-bomb of a film "1408" is at the helm really irks me.

    I doubt this movie will do anyone involved justice. Unless King really steps up to the plate with it...which I doubt.

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    I don't think the director of "1408" is involved with the Pet Sematary remake...I think it's the screenwriter, but of course, that may amount to the same. However, to Håfström's credit, he made a terrific Swedish movie a number of years ago called Onskav (Evil - and it's not a horror movie!), and it's the best Scandinavian film I've ever seen.
    "1408" the movie suffered from Hollywood's exhaust of creative imagination, and they just had to throw in that dying daughter-cliché...however, Cusack nailed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanishCollector View Post
    I don't think the director of "1408" is involved with the Pet Sematary remake...I think it's the screenwriter, but of course, that may amount to the same. However, to Håfström's credit, he made a terrific Swedish movie a number of years ago called Onskav (Evil - and it's not a horror movie!), and it's the best Scandinavian film I've ever seen.
    "1408" the movie suffered from Hollywood's exhaust of creative imagination, and they just had to throw in that dying daughter-cliché...however, Cusack nailed it.
    I agree. Hollywood really needs to...well, change. LOL.
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