’1408′ Writer Headed for the ‘Pet Sematary’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:41 am,

pet sematary remake 1408 Writer Headed for the Pet Sematary

You remember Pet Sematary, that Stephen King book-turned-movie about undead house pets and zombie toddlers, which was one of the originators of the ‘Indian burial ground’ plot device? Well Pet Sematary is headed for remake town along with a bunch of other movies and to get it there, Paramount is tapping writer Matthew Greenburg to script the film.

Greenburg comes with a horror movie background, having recently adapted another Stephen King story, 1408, for the big screen. Other screenwriting credits include Reign of Fire, Halloween H20 and The Prophecy II.

For those who don’t remember, Pet Sematary is about a couple who move from the city to the country in order to raise their young son. They live by a busy highway and one afternoon the family cat ends up as roadkill. The father buries the cat in a small  pet cemetery in the woods and soon after the cat comes back, more feral and vicious than ever before. When the couple’s son is killed in a fatal accident, they do the unthinkable: bury him in the damned plot of earth to bring him back. But what comes back isn’t always the same as what left…

Here’s the movie in a nutshell icon wink 1408 Writer Headed for the Pet Sematary :

The Pet Sematary remake is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe), who is working alongside Steven Schneider. Apparently, this Pet Sematary remake has been trying to get off the ground for a while now; THR reports that at one point it had a script written by Face/Off team Mike Werb and Michael Colleary, with George Clooney possibly going to star. But alas, that never came to pass…

Pet Sematary is one of those movies that’s A-OK to remake, in my opinion. The original (starring Star Trek TNG‘s Denise Crosby) wasn’t exactly a masterpiece. The demon toddler sequences and strange third act could especially use a makeover.

How do you feel about a Pet Sematary remake? Think the 1408 guy is good to write it?

We’ll update you on the status of the project when we hear something.

Source: THR

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  1. Sometimes dead is bettah

  2. do they really spell cemetary sematary?

    • Yes the spelling of “cemetery” is “Sematary” in the book because it was a pet cemetery created by children who buried their beloved pets and the sign to the gravesite was put up by a child (in the book) thus the incorrect spelling.

  3. I really enjoyed the original. There were some genuinely creepy scenes in that film.

    Yeah, the toddler possession was a little cheesy, but the general concept behind the film was played out well.

    1408 never did much for me, but why not. They're remaking everything else these days. Might as well destroy this one too.

  4. Yeah the spelling of “Sematary” is like that on the actual book. There was a lot of craziness in the book that was left out of the original movie, if it could be added in and stay true to the storyline I am all for it

  5. Great clips from an awesome episode of South Park. I'm not a fan of the re-makes and the re-boots going on, but I'll allow this one. I can't watch the original nowadays because it is so utterly cheesy, so a remake could help. I just don't see George Clooney going to star in a remake of Pet Sematary for two reasons. The first is that I doubt they will have the budget to hire such a high profile actor. Secondly, I think he may have standards.

  6. this could be a good remake…I really like 1408 and cusack was great in that too. when i saw it and at one point *spoiler* he wakes and its like it was all a dream, i was like “that's stupid they are going to go with that cliche” then the guys at the post office tear it down with sledge hammers and break everything and turns out hes still in the room….awesome and F-ed up. I would have gone insane if I was that character. Plus Samuel Jackson has another great line “It's just an evil F-ing room” hopefully this guy can write a good adaptation for this move too but unfortunately greenburg has reign of fire under his resume as well…that movie was just terrible

  7. I think in the first movie, it was just the dad who buried the kid in the pet sematary, the mom didn't know anything about it. I'm pretty sure. Just sayin'

  8. Yes. The title comes from the poorly-spelled sign that a group of children created for the cemetery. (In the book at least. I haven't seen the movie).

  9. If they do remake this movie I really hope they put the stuff they left out of the last movie into this one. I have mixed emotions about them remaking this movie but hopefully it will lead to a remake of IT.

  10. I enjoyed the original well for what it was. The book was better than the movie but arent they all? Anyways I recall it was only the father who digs up his boy and buries him in the indian burial ground, not both parents. Plus they had a daughter in the movie too which we never find out for sure how she lives on. The bully in Pet Semetary 2 claims she went crazy and hacked up the grandparents and lives out rest of her life in a mental hospital repeating the words pet semetary, but im sure he was only makin it up to scare his friends but who knows since the sequel isnt based off a book. The possessed child scenes as people call it look cheesy as i agree, but thats because its easier to believe a toddler could do that in a book rather than on film. In my opinion anyways. Wouldn't be easy to get a toddler to be convincing violent filming such scenes. I just hope the remake gets a good cast as the original did. PLEASE….. No George Clooney in it.

  11. If they do remake this movie I really hope they put the stuff they left out of the last movie into this one. I have mixed emotions about them remaking this movie but hopefully it will lead to a remake of IT.

  12. I enjoyed the original well for what it was. The book was better than the movie but arent they all? Anyways I recall it was only the father who digs up his boy and buries him in the indian burial ground, not both parents. Plus they had a daughter in the movie too which we never find out for sure how she lives on. The bully in Pet Semetary 2 claims she went crazy and hacked up the grandparents and lives out rest of her life in a mental hospital repeating the words pet semetary, but im sure he was only makin it up to scare his friends but who knows since the sequel isnt based off a book. The possessed child scenes as people call it look cheesy as i agree, but thats because its easier to believe a toddler could do that in a book rather than on film. In my opinion anyways. Wouldn't be easy to get a toddler to be convincing violent filming such scenes. I just hope the remake gets a good cast as the original did. PLEASE….. No George Clooney in it.