Written by John Squires
Back in 1989, Mary Lambert turned Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary into one of the most iconic horror films of all time, and a remake/re-adaptation has been on Hollywood’s radar for many years now. As we learned last summer, the project is finally getting off the ground, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) on board to direct a script he wrote with Jeff Buhler.
Speaking with Dread Central, Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) provided a little update today.
“They are currently out to cast, and they are going for some bigger names, so it’s taking some time,” said Buhler, revealing that the casting process has officially begun. We don’t yet have any way of knowing who the studio is speaking with, but it’s good to hear that they’re looking to go big with the remake. And if casting has begun, pre-production seems to be moving along smoothly.
So what can we expect from the film? Buhler promises it will be terrifying.
“The characters in this script make some tragic decisions, and the horror is about the ramifications of those decisions,” he told Dread last year. “There are still the supernatural aspects of the book, with the pet cemetery and the burial ground from which things come back from the dead, but the real horror is, ‘What do these things do to the family? What does it do to a person to see their child killed, but then to know that they can bring them back? How do you tussle with that idea? And if and when you make that choice, what does that do to you? Will that child be the same? How can life ever return to normal?’”
“This is pretty far from the 1980’s film, which I adore for certain things that are very intrinsic to that time period in terms of the genre, like a truck driver smoking a joint to a Ramones song,” Buhler continued. “But when a little kid comes back with a scalpel and is like, ‘I want to play with you,’ it kind of becomes Chucky. With this one, we really wanted to get into the emotional aspects of it. There’s still plenty of visceral horror that’s explored, but I’ve always felt that if you lean more into the characters and into their emotional lives, when the visceral shit hits the fan, it’s ten times more scary.”