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    https://www.empireonline.com/people/...matary-remake/
    Last October – fittingly, on Halloween, in fact – we learned that the push to make a new film based on Stephen King's spell check enemy novel Pet Sematary had scored Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. Now it might also have a star, with Jason Clarke in talks to star.

    Assuming he actually joins the film, which will once again draw from the 1983 novel, Clarke will play Louis Creed, a doctor who moves his family to the country, seemingly away from danger. But when they arrive, they realise they'll be living next to a busy highway. Oh, and also near a spooky cemetery where people bury their pets and whose misspelled sign gives the story its name. When their cat is killed, they bury the animal, only for it to return. Which might be why Creed decides that, when his son Gage similarly dies in a road accident, maybe they can repeat the trick. Bad idea!

    Jeff Buhler wrote the most recent script for the film, which doesn't yet have a release date. Clarke is on screens in the States in historical drama Chappaquiddick (which doesn't yet have a UK date) and will next show up on our screens in Steven Knight's Serenity and First Man.

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    He is very good actor. I like that choice. More than the rumor for the main role...
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    Excellent choice with Lithgow.
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    I agree. Wonder if they'll have him use the thick Maine accent?
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    http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/p...ptations-ever/
    Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was already adapted in 1989 by Mary Lambert to moderate critical and financial success, but that’s not to say it can’t use a fresh coat of paint, right? In fact, that’s what the folks at Paramount Pictures are thinking, as they’ve now begun to put together a remake of the pic, with Jason Clarke in the lead role.

    For those unfamiliar with Pet Sematary, the story follows the Creed family as they move to a small town in the Northeast which borders a cemetery enabling the buried to return. Head of the family, Louis Creed thinks it’s far better to bring his loved ones back from the dead as murderous simulacra than let them rest in peace – but don’t worry, there’s plenty of interfering supporting characters to impart wisdom.

    While specifics on the production are scarce at the moment, admirers of Stephen King’s oeuvre must be concerned that the remake is seemingly being rushed in front of the cameras. True, jumping to conclusions at such an early stage would be a tad premature, but the rebirthing of yet another horror classic once again provokes the question whether any piece of cinema history is sacred these days.

    That being said, there might be reason to have hope for this one, as writer Jeff Buhler has shed some light on the project today, telling Dread Central this particular adaptation will be bringing the story back to the source material.

    “When we first started our conversations, the director and I really connected around the idea of bringing the story back to the source material, to find a modern telling of the book that really spoke to some of the big scenes and big moments that Stephen King had originally written.

    And as much as all of us are huge fans of the original film, there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy. Our desire was to tell a really grounded, character driven and psychologically horrific version of Pet Sematary, which in my belief, is the scariest book that King ever wrote.

    Continuing on, he said:

    “It fucked me when I read it in high school and I always remember hearing that it was the one book King chucked in the garbage, because it was too scary and dark, and it was his wife and his friend Peter Straub who were like, ‘You have to publish this.’

    Now, as a father of a five year old and a nine year old, I really connected to this story of grief and loss and what it could do to a family in a different way, in that, how far would a parent go to return to their life prior to a tragic event? All of that feels so poignant and universal. It’s our desire to really reconnect to those elements of the story and bring them into a world that speaks to the modern horror audience.”

    Finally, he promised that fans of the novel will love what they’ve got planned, before teasing that it might just be the scariest Stephen King adaptation, ever.

    I will say this, if you love the book, you’ll love this movie. (Directors) Dennis and Kevin are both such visionaries in terms of how they’ve approached it, from not only a horror standpoint but also a character standpoint, and it’s been really gratifying to work with those guys. I think we’re on track to it make one of the scariest Stephen King adaptations ever! That’s our goal anyway.”

    Though Mary Lambert helmed a pretty decent adaptation (at least, Church the cat was awesome) of the novel back in ’89, it did ultimately fail to properly convey the creeping dread of King’s prose. So, we’re willing to watch some fresh talent take another stab at Pet Sematary and after hearing what Buhler had to say, are definitely excited to see how things continue to develop ahead of the film’s April 19, 2019 release.

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    "a modern telling"

    Gage will be named Aden and be on ADHD meds.

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    Looking forward to this adaptation. Actually re-reading Pet Semetery now. There is a Gunslinger reference in Chapter 19.
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    there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy.
    Yep. So much of the original film seemed to be playing the material for laughs; the ending scene was straight out of 'Tales from the Crypt'.


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    Not sure about the "modern telling" bit... but still cant wait to see it. First introduction to SK and the scariest...

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    I think all that means is that it’s not a period piece, it won’t be set in the ‘80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    I think all that means is that it’s not a period piece, it won’t be set in the ‘80s.
    But the 80's are in now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sai Sheb View Post
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    I think all that means is that it’s not a period piece, it won’t be set in the ‘80s.
    But the 80's are in now...
    Stranger Sematary...
    So we've gone from "of course we didn't do that!" to "...ok, we did, but it had a really cool name!"

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    I had just finished re-watching Pet Sematary and I'm a little puzzled as to why this needs a remake?

    I get really irritated at the notion of a (whatever piece of) art being dated. It's not dated, it's of its time, dammit. If shoulder pads, big hair and obsolete cars are why the movie's dated, then we'll be getting another remake in another 20 years.

    I'd be OK with the remake if its purpose was to tell a story that follows the book more closely, but after the recent adaptations I don't think that's going to happen. Im also curious about the "modern telling" bit. Will the characters be using I-phones and riding Uber? Exactly how will modernfying PS improve the story is puzzling to me; I remember the grumbles from the fans when King modernized The Stand.

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    Really, nothing actually gets made for any reason other than that someone believes it will open a new vein of cash (how about the repeated attempts to reboot Spiderman) or capitalize on an existing vein (the current enthusiasm for all things King).

    As for the artists (script writer, director, actors) who want to make it, they may have artistic aims. Consider that, even working in the same time period, four different writers/directors could well come up with four very different versions of the same source novel; certainly, if you wait 30 years, a film adaptation is not only different from what a current filmmaker would make, it has aged, and films generally show their wrinkles more readily than novels. I can easily imagine a film creative type reading PS, viewing the film, and saying "I know what this needs" (in some cases, it might even make a good film).

    As for PS specifically, some of it strikes some of us as a bit hokey, although some of it was good. One thing that (IMO) was an utter failure was
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    How to realistically depict something so profoundly sad and disturbing? I don't know; I just know the 1989 PS film didn't come close to it.

    As a King fan, I just sit back and enjoy adaptations the best I can. If it's good - great! If not, well, I'm used to that.
    So we've gone from "of course we didn't do that!" to "...ok, we did, but it had a really cool name!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    As a King fan, I just sit back and enjoy adaptations the best I can. If it's good - great! If not, well, I'm used to that.
    Agreed.

    I hope the remake ends exactly how the book ends, no more and no less. That one word and then fade to black and roll credits.

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