‘Pet Sematary’ Prequel Slated For Debut Later This Year

by Thomas Tuna

Another take on a Stephen King classic is nearing completion.

Updates on Pet Sematary–a prequel to the 1989 feature adaptation of the horror master’s 1983 bestseller–have been scarce since last summer, but this week Deadline reports that the film is in post-production and is scheduled for a debut on Paramount+ sometime later this year.

It’s just a crumb falling from the table, but some good news is better than none.

This news comes as part of another story about the prequel’s writer/director, Lindsey Beer, who has signed a first-look deal with Paramount to produce, write and direct feature projects. The deal reportedly involves several projects, which are being kept under wraps for the time being.

The Pet Sematary prequel–as reported here in Horror News Network last year–stars Jackson White, Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Natalie Alyn Lind, Isabella Star LaBlanc, Pam Grier, Henry Thomas and Samantha Mathis.

While specific plot details still have not been revealed, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has described the film as a prequel. “I think if you look at the book, we didn’t cover all the staff that happens before the Creed family moves in,” he said.

And then there’s the fact that White’s character has been described as a younger Jud Crandall–a character who’s the elderly neighbor of the Creeds in the original story.

The original Pet Sematary–directed by Mary Lambert from King’s screenplay–received mixed reviews, but still earned $57.5 million on an $11.5-million budget and spawned a successful 2019 reboot.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this prequel to Pet Sematary.


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