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This fall will see the release of a high profile Stephen King adaptation, IT. The movie has some big social media buzz going for itself and the trailers have made it look like a worthy adaptation of the classic novel. The production team behind the movie have proven that they know their way around a King novel, and they like the opportunity to tackle another of the author's books. Producer Barbara Muschietti's top choice would be Pet Sematary, a 1983 horror novel that was already turned into a movie in the late 80's.
We're huge fans of Pet Sematary. If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.
In a perfect world, Barbara Muschietti would love to adapt Pet Sematary, Stephen King's horror novel about a cursed pet cemetery. Muschietti told the Toronto Sun that she and director Andres Muschietti are big fans of the property, and believe they'd be able to pull off something interesting should they get the opportunity to adapt it. They'll have to get through IT and its sequel first, but if the stars align, it'd wouldn't be something they'd turn down.
For those who may not know, Pet Sematary is 1983 novel that follows a family who discovers a pet cemetery (spelled "sematary" on the sign) in the woods nearby their new home. When the family cat dies, rather than explain to his young daughter the concept of death, the father is instructed to bury the cat in a secret part of the cemetery. The cat returns back to live but, as a demented and vicious version of itself. When another tragedy strikes the family, the father will discover that resurrected people don't fare much better. The novel was adapted into a 1989 movie of the same name, so the Muschietti's would need to put their own stamp on it.
Not that they should have a problem with that. While it's still a bit too early to judge, IT looks pretty scary and it seems to have kept a lot of Stephen King's world intact. There's no reason to think they couldn't develop a twisted zombie movie with Pet Sematary.
IT tells the story of a group of outcast kids who in the 1980's discover that their small town in Maine has been plagued by a child-eating monster for centuries. When someone close to the kids is murdered, they take it upon themselves to rid their town of It for good. The film is directed by Andres Muschietti and stars Bill Skarsgard, Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, and Chosen Jacobs.
IT is set to release in theaters on September 8, 2017.