Paramount Chooses Director For New ‘Pet Sematary’ Film

Yet another film treatment of a classic Stephen King novel just got a big shove in the right direction.

The latest adaptation of the horror master’s 1983 Pet Sematary this week landed a director, as reported by Deadline. The new film will be helmed by first-time director Lindsey Beer, best known for her Hollywood screenplays.

The Paramount Players’ film–slated for an exclusive release on Paramount+–will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.

Beer reportedly will write her own treatment for the film, working off a draft by Jeff Buhler, who penned the screenplay for the 2019 Pet Sematary reboot. That movie was directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer.

Plot details of this new film are unknown at this time. King’s original story follows the Creed family through a horrible tragedy, spotlighting a grieving father who discovers an ancient burial ground behind his house that seems to have the power to raise the dead. The book was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

The book was made into a 1989 film that was scripted by King and directed by Mary Lambert. It did well at the box office, grossing $57.5 million on an $11.5-million budget. A sequel–Pet Sematary Two–hit theaters in 1992 and, amid negative reviews, earned just $17 million on a budget of $8 million.

The 2019 reboot–which starred Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow–received mixed reviews from movie critics, but was a box office smash, earning $113 million on a $21-million budget.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this new vision of Pet Sematary.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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