Directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch, the duo behind Starry Eyes, have teamed up for the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Judging by the first images shared by Entertainment Weekly, it may end up being a decent film. But until we do see some footage we’ll be wondering if “sometimes dead is better,” at least when it comes to classic horror films.
This version stars Jason Clarke as Louis Creed, Amy Seimetz as Rachel Creed, Jete Laurence as Ellie Creed, and Hugo and Lucas Lavoie as Gage Creed. John Lithgow is playing the role of their neighbor Jud. Jeff Buhler wrote the script for the new version of one of Stephen King’s most popular tales.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, 1408), Mark Vahradian (Transformers), and Stephen Schneider (Insidious) are producing.
One of the things about doing a new version now is our understanding of life and death has progressed,” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said. “But are we more sophisticated about it or less?”
Parents today,” he says, “are definitely more fearful and protective than they were in the ’80s. “One of the most interesting themes in the book, the original movie, and this one is, ‘How far would you go to see someone again?’” he stated. “But another thing we’re exploring is how you can’t run” from the things that scare you.
You can only face them, live with them — or be destroyed by them.
This scene being shot in the woods of Ontario, Canada, is how Ellie Creed (played by 11-year-old Jeté Laurence) discovers the pet graveyard that other children in the town of Ludlow, Maine, have maintained for generations. But her attention is quickly drawn to the jagged barricade of fallen trees that wall off the rest of the forest.
She doesn’t know it, but there’s another, more sinister burial ground further beyond it.
Ellie is just beginning to climb the deadfall when she feels a sharp pain in her leg and hears a roaring, gravelly voice — “Hey! You get down from there now!”
Pet Sematary is set to open in theaters on April 19, 2019.