It Director and Producer Discuss Their Dreams of Remaking Pet Sematary

Over a month ago, we posted a story about how IT (review) director Andres Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti, his sister, stated their interest in doing their own adaptation of another Stephen King story: Pet Sematary. It seems that their interest hasn’t faded in the slightest. In fact, the wild success of IT may only be fueling their interest, per an interview with EW.

Andres tells the site, “My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die. I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.” Meanwhile, Barbara adds, “We’ll see who gets to it first. But it is the first Stephen King book that we read, and it’s something that has been a great love, because it is possibly King’s most personal book. You can imagine his young family. What will you do to be able to keep your family? How far would you go?

The rights to the film are currently held by Paramount Pictures, who released the 1989 adaptation. Whether or not they’d be interested in doing another adaptation remains to be seen, although there have been stirrings of such a project for several years. Still, nothing has come remotely close to fruition.

I really hope we can do it. But if we do it, we have to do it justice, like we did with It,” Barbara adds. She continues by noting that her and brother Andres are not going to take any old script for the film. Instead, they want to do it right. “The versions we read in the past years, the scripts we’ve read, have not been, in our opinion, representative of the book,” she admits.

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