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'Pet Sematary' looks to rise again

February 2, 2011 |  1:38 pm

After more than 20 years, "Fletch" may be on his way back to the big screen, with Warner Bros. announcing Tuesday that it had acquired movie rights to the series of Gregory McDonald's mysteries. It  will go about re-imagining -- God bless -- the character of the wisecracking reporter that Chevy Chase made famous in two original films (though with no writers, directors or actors so far, don't discard that DVD from your collection just yet).

Now it appears there could be developments on reviving another 1980s hit. "Pet Sematary," the adaptation of the Stephen King novel that scared the shirt off many teens (including a certain film reporter) in 1989, is making strides back to the big screen too.

Matthew Greenberg, the writer of "1408" (also based on a King work), is set to turn in his script for a new version of the tale, according to a person briefed on the project who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. And executives at studio Paramount have put out the word to at least two representatives in the agent community that they are seeking a high-level director to tackle the material. (Paremount declined comment.)

The original, which starred Fred Gwynne, told of a zombie-raising pet cemetery that afflicts a family that's just moved to small-town Maine. Events unfold with a mix of death (both animal and human), resurrections and creepy Gothic spaces. (Mary Lambert's movie also spawned a poorly received sequel in 1992.)

As much as King seems to embody a kind of quintessentially 1980s form of horror storytelling, he's never really gone away in Hollywood. Indeed, there's something of a King renaissance going on now, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's ambitious plan to turn "The Dark Tower" series into a feature-film and television franchise, an "It" reboot kicking around at Warner Bros and a big-screen version of the "The Stand" from CBS Films and Warner Bros. Stephen King properties never go away...they just come back from the dead.

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: A scene from "Pet Sematary." Credit: Paramount Pictures


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Remake is fine. Just please keep Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigel away from it.

I am frightened.

How about some original ideas from Hollywood instead of re makes/hashes of old successes?

All of these sound boring. I won't go. But enough other people may to make it worth the risk (and less of a risk than coming up with an original idea).

I have no problem with remakes. The concept is no different than acting troupes' various interpretations of Shakespeare or symphony orchestras doing Bach or Beethoven over the centuries. There's a new generation of audiences and new technologies that could enhance or change the experience. Don't know why people are always so against sequels or remakes. In nearly every other art form it's the norm.

Sometimes...dead is better.

This book was too depressing, I say remake 'Salem's Lot

What's particularly galling is that there are plenty of King properties that have never been filmed. Why not a "new" one instead of something we've already seen?

Article: New Pet Sematary!!

Me: -__-

Yes! I love the idea of remaking 'Salem's Lot, only this time, make it a movie, and not a tv miniseries.

Stephen King has so many stories, why not try a different one?

Cynthia R knows whats going on.

What ever happend to these people:

Rachel Creed - the movie ends with her stabbing Louis but where and what happend to Louis
Ellen Creed - The story dies when the mom takes off to maine and she's there at the grandparents in chitown


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