The early word on the new first film of a two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” is excellent. Should it succeed, director Andres Muschietti and his sister and the film’s producer Barbara Muschietti have hinted that they’re keen to tackle other works in the King canon.
The pair already own the film rights to King’s 1981 sci-fi horror short story “The Jaunt,” but in an interview published yesterday by The Toronto Sun, Barbara Muschietti says there’s one book they’re particularly keen on adapting:
“We’re huge fans of Pet Sematary. If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.”
The 1983 novel deals with a family who moves into a house by a busy highway, while a nearby nature walk leads to a rundown animal cemetery and, further on, an ancient Indian burial ground which can bring things back to life (albeit changed).
The property was previously adapted for the screen by Mary Lambert in 1989. Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne and Denise Crosby starred. The resurgence in King works for the screen comes as “The Dark Tower” opened yesterday in cinemas, while Hulu is developing a TV series combining multiple King works.