Alexandre Aja Directing ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

The last time we heard about the Pet Sematary remake, Paramount was pushing ahead with the project, having secured a script by 1408 writer Matt Greenberg.

Now we learn that the studio has a director in mind for Pet Sematary – one who is well-versed in the challenge of horror movie remakes.

Alexandre Aja, the director behind horror remakes like The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha, and Mirrors, is reportedly Paramount’s choice for the Pet Sematary remake. Aja is a French filmmaker who has arguably achieved auteur status thanks to his signature style, which involves lots of horrific gore and disturbing imagery, shot in uncomfortably long takes (see: The Hills Have Eyes).

Given the nature of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary story – A couple moves from the city to the country with their kids and discover a burial ground that can restore dead things to quasi-life – one could see the potential advantage of having someone like Aja at the helm. The guy dwells in gore so deeply that rotting demonic dead things would be right up his alley. Anyone who’s seen his breakout film, High Tension, also knows that Aja can do some…creative things using a limited setting (say, a remote house in the countryside).

According to Twitch Film, Paramount is “actively trying to sign [Aja] up.” The director had another project called Cobra: The Space Pirate in the works, but that film is reportedly still looking to secure financing, with a 2013 shooting date planned. That would leave late 2011 and 2012 wide open for Pet Sematary.

As for the question of whether or not it’s worth remaking this film? The 1989 adaptation of King’s novel (which was adapted by King himself) has a kitschy, cult-semi-classic reputation (its sequel with Edward Furlong is even more kitschy), but it’s not one of those films that’s so well-crafted (not by a long shot) or so beloved that a new generation should be denied a new vision of the story. While having Greenberg instead of King handling the script might be looked at as a minus, having Aja in the director’s chair would be a plus, in my opinion.

We’ll keep you updated about whether Aja signs on the dotted line or not, and in the development (and inevitable casting) of this Pet Sematary remake as a whole.

Source: Twitch Film

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  1. Booooooooooo. Sick of the remakes

  2. nothing will replace 1 & 2 movies

  3. Has Hollywood run out of people who can write something original, give remakes/reboots a rest sick of it!

    • The truth is that hollywood (sadly and irrevocably) discovered that they make more money on a product that has a pre-existing familiarity and they are cashing in on it while they can…Yes it is getting rediculous, but it is a safer bet than an original screenplay that actually requires work to promote…so to answer your question, no they have not…and to expand on it I would also add; they don’t really give a damn…

  4. did anyone ask for this?

  5. No its just hollywood think it is cheaper to rehash the same crap then higher fresh writers and directors of the streets.

    • these are (in majority) fresh writers and directors…that is not the issue here at all…they just don’t want to take what they view as unnecessary risks and it is much easier on pre-production values to do remakes and reboots…

  6. MEH!!!!

  7. “kitschy” is kinda harsh ain’t it Kofi? I thought the first one was great, I even had a cat named Church, and #2 was one of my favorite movies. Granted, neither were going to win any Oscars but they are still good flicks. I think if they are going to do this they should just go with the #3 moniker. Or at least give us a completely NEW story with the same history. These remakes have gotten out of hand and there seems to be no end in sight. If they are going to keep remaking movies they should do some that actually deserve remakes. Ones that originally didn’t live up to potential and have been forgotten to time, not household names. Although that is WHY they are remaking all these movies. They are counting on name recognition to garner box-office.

  8. I liked both films myself. The first film still gets me everytime till this day, it was creepy then & still is to me now,lol. The 2nd film, what can i say? I was good. I thought dog looked meaner than Cujo or pretty close to it,lol. One of my ex-gfs wouldn’t watch the first film with me because Gage gettin killed & the fact she didnt really like horror films. This is one film that shouldn’t be remade but since they’re gonna do it anyways, they better put alot of effort into it. Because latest horror reboots like Friday The 13th & Nightmare On Elm Street didn’t impress me.

  9. I´d prefer a movie adaption of King´s “Under The Dome” or a back to back “Stark”/”Needful Things”…

  10. Hmmmm. The book is terrifying, and the first film is quite good, the second, not so much. I’m not against a remake of this, but I don’t think any film version can quite capture the horror from the page.
    I’d also say Aja is wrong because he tends to go down the extreme gore path, and this requires something more subtle.
    I loved Mirrors though.

    • If they don’t at least consult with Stephen King on this one, I’ll not go see it. It must be horrifying for authors of his caliber to see their work destroyed by talentless amateurs looking to make an easy buck.

      In my humble opinion Pet Sematary Is King’s scariest novel and made one of the scariest films, because it deals with something most of us fear, and can’t escape. Death. The loss of those we love. There is a subtle manipulation of human emotions– of Love and grief on the part of the Demonic force that dwells in the woods the “Windigo,” that is simply brilliant. Aja’s work on The Hills have eyes and High Intensity were not scary, but rather disturbing. This causes me to doubt whether he can pull off this remake. I really hope they choose someone else.

      If they remake it and consult King,…… then I’d consider laying down the 10 bucks in the Theater to see it. I’d like to see them improve on the flash backs in the new film, as they were one aspect of the film I found cheesy, but king does well in the Book. They really give one an idea of what is lurking in woods…. I’d also like them to bring out the scene from the novel where the resurrected Gage/Demon has dialogue with Jud before it kills him… I found that terrifying in the book, and would love to see it done well on film. (the demon speaks with voice of Judd’s dead wife to torment him for those who have forgotten)

      But… I won’t hold my breath… this director they are courting is likely to turn Pet Sematary with its subtle but potently evil antagonist into a glorified, GOREified Zombie movie. :( SAD….

  11. My goodness, has Hollywood completely depleted its creative juices? its like they’re no longer trying. Remake after remake, reboot after reboot.

  12. While the remake craze is big business these days and is rather annoying at times, I’m looking forward to a new version of Pet Sematary and Aja is one of my favorite directors today. High Tension is destined to become a horror classic and his take on The Hills Have Eyes is probably the way Wes Craven would have made it had he had the cash and better quality actors. The man is not afraid to make horror uncomfortable and extreme; sort of how Wes Craven and John Carpenter were at the start of their careers before they sold their creative souls to Hollyweird. I don’t know but remakes don’t bother me. Maybe it’s because I go in with an open mind and not sit there judging its pitfalls. To me, a newer version deserves to be judged on its own merits. As for Pet Sematary, bring it on. I’ve just gone back and reread the novel and I’m pumped.