Following the overwhelming box office success of IT, horror fans can expect a deluge of big-budget Stephen King adaptations, all looking to capitalise on King’s canon. The big news this week is that the upcoming Pet Sematary adaptation has just added a duo of directors to the fold, and it’s a pair that horror aficionados will almost certainly approve of.
Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are slated to helm the project, which so far has no scheduled release date. The duo were the directorial force behind Starry Eyes, considered by many to be one of the finest horror films of 2014. Paramount have nabbed the pair, Variety revealed today, to work alongside scriptwriter Jeff Buhler and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider.
Pet Sematary follows the story of Louis Creed and his wife Rachel, who move with their two children to a new home, ‘conveniently’ situated near a creepy pet cemetery. It doesn’t take long for them to realise that all is not as it seems amongst the headstones, with legends swirling about beloved pets, and even humans, returning from the grave. Sometimes, say the rumours, they do not come back exactly as they were before…
We’re loathe to disparage Mary Lambert’s original adaptation, which was an enjoyable, creepy Halloween romp. However, the source material is rich and well deserving of re-interpretation, dealing with emotional devastation, grief and loss in visceral ways that the campy 1989 film shied away from. We look forward to seeing how Widmyer and Kolsch tackle these themes, and whether they are able to do justice to true modern classic of horror fiction.