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Paramount Bringing ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake to Life in 2019

Paramount Bringing ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake to Life in 2019
Paramount has set an April 19, 2019, release date for “Pet Sematary,” its remake of the 1989 horror movie, based on the 1983 Stephen King novel.

Variety first reported in October that “Starry Eyes” helmers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer had been tapped to direct the project. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the remake with Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich writing the script, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing.

The original “Pet Sematary,” directed by Mary Lambert from a script by King, followed the unraveling of a family after moving into a new home in Maine next to a pet cemetery that contained the power to allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead. The original grossed $57 million on an $11 million budget. “Pet Sematary Two,” starring Anthony Edwards, grossed $17 million in 1992.

Pet Sematary” is the first title to be dated for April 19, 2019.

Paramount also set a Feb. 15, 2019, opening for the comedy “Instant Family,
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Stephen King’s Pet Sematary remake finds its directors

Paramount has found the directors for its adaptation of Pet Sematary.

The Stephen King novel has been adapted before in 1989 for a feature film directed by Mary Lambert. But now Paramount is eyeing a new cinematic version of King’s creepy story.

Paramount have been on the lookout for directors and have now landed on Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the two men behind indie horror flick Starry Eyes.

Pet Sematary follows a family who move to a new home in Maine next to a cemetery that is able to bring the creatures buried there back to life.

The original movie was made for a budget of $11 million, bringing in $57 million at the box office. The success of the film led to a sequel starring Edward Furlong.

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Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer to Direct New Adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Readers first learned that "sometimes dead is better" when Stephen King's Pet Sematary was published in 1983. The nightmare-inducing novel (perhaps King's most disturbing book and certainly one of the most haunting things I will ever experience) was first translated to the big screen by Mary Lambert in 1989, and now another rendition of King's living dead tale is in development with two directors at the helm.

Variety reports that Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the filmmakers behind 2014's Starry Eyes, have been set by Paramount Pictures to direct a new take on King's classic 1983 novel about life, death, and the boundary between the two that should never be broken.

Kolsch and Widmyer, who have also directed several key episodes of MTV's Scream TV series, will work from a screenplay by David Kajganich (writer of the upcoming Suspiria remake and 2007's The Invasion) and Matt Greenberg, who has writing credits on other
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Pet Sematary Remake Moves Forward With Two New Directors

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was already adapted in 1989 by Mary Lambert to moderate critical and financial success, but that’s not to say it can’t use a fresh coat of paint, right? In fact, that’s what the folks at Paramount Pictures are thinking, as they’re pushing ahead with a remake of it and tonight, they’ve found two directors to steer the ship.

Taking the helm here will be Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the duo who directed 2014 thriller Starry Eyes. No actors have been cast just yet, and further details on the project are understandably scarce, but the gears are now in motion and we expect things to come together quickly.

For those unfamiliar with Pet Sematary, the story follows the Creed family as they move to a small town in the Northeast which borders a cemetery enabling the buried to return. Head of the family,
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Stephen King ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake Lands ‘Starry Eyes’ Duo Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch

Paramount Pictures has found the filmmakers who’ll bring back to life Pet Sematary, a new version of the Stephen King bestselling novel that was first brought to the screen in a creepy 1989 movie directed by Mary Lambert. Several filmmakers tried for the job, but Paramount is making a deal with Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the team that directed the 2014 thriller Starry Eyes. The duo wrote and directed that film, and they are taking the reins for the tragic saga of…
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Paramount Finds ‘Pet Sematary’ Directors (Exclusive)

Paramount Finds ‘Pet Sematary’ Directors (Exclusive)
Following the huge success of summer blockbuster “It,” Paramount is ready to get the gears moving on another Stephen King classic.

Starry Eyes” helmers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have been tapped to direct a “Pet Sematary” remake at the studio.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the remake to the 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and written by King, along with Steven Schneider. Matt Greenberg and David Kajganich wrote the script.

The original “Pet Sematary” was based on the King novel, which follows the travails of a family who moves into a new home next to a cemetery endowed with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead.

The original brought in $57 million on an $11 million budget, which led to a less commercially successful 1992 sequel starring Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards.

Paramount had been ramping up its director search since the success of “It,” with directors
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The importance of cats in horror cinema

Mark Harrison Oct 31, 2017

Want to enhance your horror movie? Make sure you sign up a cat...

This feature contains broad spoilers for several horror movies featuring cats, including Alien, Cat People, Drag Me To Hell, Fallen, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Pet Sematary and The Voices.

The relationship between humans and cats over time has given way to a number of cultural impressions and outright superstitions. Ancient Egyptians associated them with gods. In the Middle Ages, they were linked with witches and killed en masse, which probably hastened the spread of the Black Plague through the rodent population. And in the modern day, it's interchangeably lucky or not if a black cat crosses your path.

Like anything with such a wide array of symbolic links, movies have presented cats as characters in different ways over the years. It's their abiding association with the supernatural – whether as an omen
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Halloween 2017: Girls Just Want to Have Blood: 16 Horror Projects Directed by Women to Stream on Shudder

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February is known as Women in Horror Month, when the spotlight is put on female filmmakers working inside our favorite genre, and many horror sites run pieces about movies directed by women. And that’s great! But there’s no reason why that spotlight should be limited to only one month, particularly when there are so many brilliant and talented female filmmakers working in the genre. Why not use this October to hit up these titles on Shudder and get to know some of the most exciting female voices in horror right now?

Prevenge (2016, dir. Alice Lowe) Alice Lowe writes, directs, and stars in this darkly comic, twisted fantasy about a woman who is very, very pregnant (Lowe herself was pregnant during shooting) and goes on a killing spree when her unborn baby talks to her and tells her to take revenge for a past tragedy. The film never fully transcends its gimmick,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 5 – Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary, 1989.

Directed by Mary Lambert.

Starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Blaze Berdahl, Miko Hughes, and Fred Gwynne.


Upon moving to a new town, Louis Creed is introduced to the mysterious “Pet Sematary” that hides an ancient Native American burial ground behind it. A burial ground that allegedly possesses the power to resurrect the dead. Despite being warned not to, Louis finds himself drawn to use the power of the burial ground when tragedy strikes the family, unaware of the horrors that will be released.

Stephen King needs no introduction. With over 50 novels, countless short stories and compilations to his name, the legendary horror scribe has been the source of many a nightmare and a soiled pair of underpants.

And with 2017 seeing something of a resurgence in the popularity of King’s work on both the big and small screen, I felt it only appropriate that with this year
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Former Aussie Prime Minister Is Angry Macklemore Plans to Perform ‘Same Love’ in Midst of Gay Marriage Referendum

Macklemore is set to perform his gay rights anthem “Same Love” at the National Rugby League grand final in Australia this Sunday, but some conservative Australians are trying to prevent that from happening.

From now until Nov. 7, every Australian who is eligible to vote has been invited to take part in a mail-in vote to measure what the public opinion on gay marriage is.

Currently, same-sex marriage is not legal but the government will use the results to make their decision on whether or not they will be holding a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage later this year, according to Business Insider.
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Pet Sematary 2

Rebecca Lea Aug 21, 2017

Our lookbacks at the screen adaptations of Stephen King arrive at Pet Sematary 2...

The film: Jeff (Edward Furlong) watches as his actress mother Renee (Darlanne Fluegel) is killed in a tragic accident on set. After the funeral, Jeff and his father Chase (an impressively turtlenecked Anthony Edwards) take up residence in her hometown of Ludlow, Maine to recover. Jeff befriends the stepson of the local Sheriff Gus (Clancy Brown) and learns of the history of the Creed family and their unfortunate demise. When Gus kills his stepson’s dog, Jeff goes with his friend to the Micmac burial ground, unleashing the menace that lurks in the reanimated dead once more.

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Following the success of Pet Sematary, Paramount were keen to capitalise by putting a sequel in motion. Director Mary Lambert was a huge part of that previous
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It Director Wants To Remake Pet Sematary

It hasn’t arrived in theatres just yet, but already, the film is generating an enourmous amount of pre-release buzz, all of which is very positive. Each trailer has been better than the last and some are already hailing it as one of the most terrifying movies ever made. A bold claim, to be sure, but if director Andy Muschietti can deliver and give us a horrifying and well executed adaptation of Stephen King’s classic story, then you can bet that it won’t be the last time he works with the iconic author.

Indeed, it seems that the director already has his eye on updating another one of King’s novels: Pet Sematary. Of course, the tale was already adapted in 1989 by Mary Lambert to moderate critical and financial success, but that’s not to say it can’t use a fresh coat of paint, right?

For those unfamiliar,
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Pet Sematary

Rebecca Lea Jul 3, 2017

Our journey through the screen adaptations of Stephen King's writing brings us to a trip to the Pet Sematary...

The film: Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) takes a job as a doctor at the University of Maine, moving into a new home with his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby) and their two young children, Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes). Their neighbour Jud (Fred Gwynne) takes a shine to the family and Louis in particular. Jud takes them to the local ‘pet sematary’ where children bury their pets, animals killed by the trucks on the road running past the Creeds’ house. When tragedy strikes, the sinister significance of the Micmac burial ground near the cemetery becomes clear.

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Graphic Nature: Mike Saputo on Creating the Pet Sematary Vinyl Soundtrack Cover for Mondo

From the prolific pen of Stephen King, 1989’s Pet Sematary is a profound, emotional, and at times malevolent depiction of a family on the path towards a downward spiral. Notorious for being the book that King thought was too scary to be published, Mary Lambert’s dark adaptation horrified audiences across the globe for its bleak and grief-riddled imagery.

To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary in 2015, Mondo Records dug deep into the catacombs and resurrected Pet Sematary for a limited vinyl release. As well as remastering Elliot Goldenthal’s soundscapes, the label commissioned Chicago artist Mike Saputo for the artwork. With a fine selection of sharp-edged skills, Saputo brought to life a collection of melancholic and foreboding visuals to cloak the gloomy, caliginous score held within the wax.

In regards to how the Pet Sematary cover art came to fruition, Saputo explains, “Mondo and I have been working together
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Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary and Returning from the Grave: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by distributor Terror Films. This writer has worked on some online marketing for this title. Directors/writers: John Campopiano and Justin White. Interviewees: Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Carlene Hirsch. Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is a documentary on the 1989, Mary Lambert produced film. Developed over five years, the documentary shows dedication and careful editing. Mostly told through interviews with cast and crew, this documentary offers a lot of behind-the-scenes trivia. It also delivers a cohesive breakdown on how the original film was developed. From set location scouting to character motivations, almost everything (in production) is covered. There is one thing missing though; there is no actual footage of the film, which is owned by Paramount Pictures. Still, did you know there were multiple endings shot for the film? This viewer did not, nor how Stephen King based.
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Horror Channel announces eight premieres for May

Horror Channel has announced eight prime-time weekend film premieres for May, including the UK premieres of José Manuel Cravioto’s pulse-pounding thriller Bound to Vengeance and Mary Lambert’s evil-spirited gripper Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, along with network premieres for Don Mancini’s killer-dolls spin-off Seed of Chucky, starring Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly & Billy Boyd, Xavier Gen’s unsettling post-apocalyptic horror The Divide, the epic vampire-battling Daybreakers, starring Eithan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, Stephen Kay’s monster in the closet chiller Boogeyman, Jamie Blanks’ teen slasher Urban Legend and Ryuhei Kitamura’s mystery-man rampaging No One Lives.

Fri 5 May @ 21:00 – Boogeyman (2005) *Network Premiere

Tim (Barry Watson) is haunted by traumatic memories from his past, linked to the death of his father. Desperate to resolve his issues, he returns to the house where he grew up. But while Tim wants to convince himself the ghostly memories he carries are just a figment of his imagination,
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Terror Films Teaming Up with Synapse Films for Blu-ray & DVD Release of Unearthed And Untold: The Path To Pet Sematary

The story behind the film adaptation of one of Stephen King's most chilling books (if not the most chilling) is explored in Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, and while the documentary is already available on VOD platforms, Terror Films has now teamed up with Synapse Films for a Blu-ray and DVD release of the documentary later this year.

Press Release: Los Angeles (April 20, 2017) - On the eve of the 28th Anniversary of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which was released in theaters on April 21, 1989, Terror Films is excited to announce their partnership with Synapse Films. Synapse is set to handle the physical release of the documentary; it will be released later this year.

Don May Jr., one of the partners of the American DVD and Blu-ray label, specializes in cult horror, science fiction and exploitation films. He had this to say about teaming up with Terror Films:
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People’s World’s Most Beautiful Playlist: 17 Songs That Will Leave You Feeling Empowered

People’s World’s Most Beautiful Playlist: 17 Songs That Will Leave You Feeling Empowered
Not feeling your best? We’re hoping to remedy that with People’s World’s Most Beautiful playlist, highlighting songs that are bound to lift you up following a less-than-stellar day.

Some tunes are romantic, while others promote self-love and body confidence. While there are differences, all these songs share one thing in common: They will leave you feeling happy — and what’s more beautiful than that?

“Flawless” — Beyoncé

Because it would be a downright travesty not to include Queen Bey. Besides, this jam gets us to dramatically flip our hair any time, any place.

“Feeling Myself” — Nicki Minaj ft.
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Chapman’s 18th Annual Women In Focus Coming on April 7th

Directors Niki Caro, Sydney Freeland, Kelly Fremon Craig, Catherine Hardwicke and Haifaa Al-Mansour Headline; Susan Cartsonis Moderates

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, will focus on Hollywood directors with the theme ‘In the Director’s Chair’ at the 18th Annual Women in Focus Conference.

The Women in Focus Conference will feature Academy Award®-nominated director Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “Whale Rider”, “North Country”); acclaimed director Sydney Freeland (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train”, “Drunktown’s Finest”, “Her Story”); award-winning screenwriter and film director, Kelly Fremon Craig (“The Edge of Seventeen”, “Post Grad”, “Streak”); critically-acclaimed director, Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Thirteen”); and the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour (“Mary Shelley”, “Wadjda”).

The panel will be moderated by producing veteran Susan Cartsonis (“Carrie Pilby”, “What Women Want”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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