In the age of expanding digital content selection, Paramount Pictures has hopped on the band wagon by growing their library of content to be on their own featured platorm Paramount+. As a hook for this venture, the studio has announced their plans of a new Pet Sematary film which is aimed to be an origin story.
With the news breaking last week, Paramount+ said it will do three to four new titles per year and a new entry in the Pet Sematary film franchise will be one of the first batch.
As a prequel to the 2019 remake, the new Stephen King adaptation will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and written by Jeff Buhler.
On the topic of a potential prequel, di Bonaventura said when promoting the 2019 film, “I think if there’s anything here, there’s a prequel. I think if you look at the book, we didn’t cover all that stuff that happens before the Creed family moves in. So, I think there’s a movie there, and I think I’d be particularly interested in doing that, because, again, it’s the source material and you are going toward something that also has a lot of crazy, creepy feelings about it.”
This new adaptation can explore parts of the story’s mythology not shows in the previous films including the Micmac tribe, the Wendigo, the burial ground, the children who perform burial ceremonies and more of neighbor Jud Crandall’s life.
The original Pet Sematary film was released in 1989 and was followed by a direct sequel in 1992 and the remake in 2019.
Collectively, Paramount’s three Pet Sematary movies have grossed over $175 million at the worldwide box office. As such, it has become one of King’s most successful theatrical film adaptation series.
Check back soon for more on the Pet Sematary prequel.