As reported back in March last year, “1408” scribe Matthew Greenberg was brought on to pen another adaptation of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” for Paramount Pictures.
Nearly a year on, he seems to have finished with The Los Angeles Times reporting that the script is ready to go out and Paramount have put out a request for a “high-level director” to tackle the material.
This long-gestating new adaptation of King’s 1983 novel follows a family who move to a small Maine town along a highway often used by high-speed trucks. Nearby lies a pet cemetery and further beyond that an ancient indian burial ground which can resurrect the dead, but those who come back aren’t quite right. When the toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the grieving father uses that power – but at the cost of several lives and his own sanity.
Paramount previously adapted the book in 1989 starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne. George Clooney at one time was apparently circling this remake. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider are producing the new version.
The project marks one of many Stephen King film adaptations in the works which have suddenly picked up energy along with “The Dark Tower” series, “The Stand” and “It”.