Readers first learned that "sometimes dead is better" when Stephen King's Pet Sematary was published in 1983, and they'll soon learn that morbid lesson again with Paramount Pictures' upcoming reimagining of the heart-wrenching horror novel, which could potentially star Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Winchester, Terminator Genisys).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clarke is in talks to star in the lead role as a doctor and father (named Louis Creed if the movie gives the character the same name as the one in the book), who moves his family to a country home near the cursed burial grounds where pets have been laid to rest... before coming back to life with a vengeance. No other cast members have currently been announced for the new Pet Sematary movie.
Variety previously revealed that Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the filmmakers behind 2014's Starry Eyes, have been set by Paramount to direct a new take on King's classic 1983 novel about life, death, and the boundary between the two that should never be broken. The new Pet Sematary movie is slated for an April 19th, 2019 theatrical release from Paramount.
Kolsch and Widmyer, who have also directed several key episodes of MTV's Scream TV series, will work from a screenplay by David Kajganich (writer of the upcoming Suspiria remake and 2007's The Invasion) and Matt Greenberg, who has writing credits on other King adaptations such as 1408 and Mercy.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider are on board to produce the project, which will be another entry in the strong wave of King adaptations as of late, including IT: Chapter One, Gerald's Game, Mr. Mercedes, and 1922.
Starring Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, and Denise Crosby, Mary Lambert's 1989 Pet Sematary film featured a screenplay written by King and was followed by a sequel in 1992 starring Edward Furlong that was once again directed by Lambert.
We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are divulged, and for those unfamiliar with King's Pet Sematary, we have the official synopsis (via Amazon):
"When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son—and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth—more terrifying than death itself...and hideously more powerful.
The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better."
Jason Clarke in Terminator Genisys: