Stephen King has become popular ever since the most recent adaption of IT grossed 700 million, making Hollywood producers sit up and take notice. After the success of the first installment, it didn’t take much time for IT's second part to be greenlit and will be released later this year.
Now Pet Sematary is being remade with Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz. There is a lot to be excited about judging by recent trailers, especially Lithgow’s performance who has successfully jumped from comedian to spooky character actor.
Pet Sematary is one of King’s most underrated books. It plays on people’s basic emotions, of love and loss, and the need to fix tragedy by any means necessary. It plays on the timeless theme of: If you could bring a dead loved one back somehow, would you? We know that the answer should be no but sometimes we can’t help ourselves. The recent Netflix original series Sabrina based upon the comic book, and takes more than a couple ques from Stephen King’s work, also asks the same question.
This is not the first time that Hollywood gave Pet Sematary a big-screen telling, as the first film has become a bit of a cult classic, but also stands as a movie that hasn’t aged incredibly well. King’s stories have a Shakesperean tragedy element to them, asking eternal human questions that can be just as effective to a new generation.
Pet Sematary will close this year’s South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. However, the major release for North American audiences will be April 5th. The prolific horror author has written 58 novels which have sold over 350 million copies. The novel was written in 1983 which is arguably King’s best decade). Pet Sematary is about a doctor that moves to the country with his young family and discovers a pet cemetery in the woods behind his house that somehow brings his dead cat back to life. When his daughter gets killed by a truck, he makes the terrible mistake of seeing if it works on humans.
The book a huge success and was turned into a 1989 movie, grossing $57.5 million starring Dale Midkiff and Fred Gwynne. Pet Sematary is one of many King adaptation in the works, including Doctor Sleep, In The Gall Grass, The Breathing Method, The Long Walk and From a Buick 8. There’s also the sequel to It that’s coming in September and a limited series based on The Stand that is coming to CBS All Access.
Stephen King’s favourite adaption is still Stand by Me which has turned into a cult classic over the years. He also loves Shawshank Redemption, and Green Mile, Cujo. Although many fans love the Stanley Kubrick version of the Shinning, King has many issues with it, most notably how the main character, Jack Torrance was portrayed.
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