The curse of Guillermo del Toro is that he’ll never be able to direct all of the projects that he wants to. The number of del Toro movies that have “almost happened” is almost as long as the list of films that he’s actually directed. But that hasn’t stopped del Toro sharing yet another dream project with his fans.
On twitter, del Toro expressed his admiration for Stephen King’s 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, which revolved around ancient burial ground that had the power to resurrect both animals and people, but not in the way that they were before death. Del Toro called King’s novel “unrelentingly dark and emotional,” before adding that he “would kill to make it on film.”
Of course, there was a Pet Sematary adaptation back in 1989 that King adapted himself for director Mary Lambert. And it happens to be one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date. It even gave the world a new original song by The Ramones!
Lambert went on to direct Pet Sematary Two in 1992, but it ended up proving the first film’s catchphrase “sometimes, dead is better.” Fans and critics tend to rank the sequel much lower than the first Pet Sematary.
Because Hollywood is now obsessed with remakes and sequels, it’s no surprise that Paramount has already tried to remake Pet Sematary with Alexandre Aja and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but the proposed remake has yet to materialize.
Del Toro’s current movie, Crimson Peak is out in theaters now, and his much anticipated Pacific Rim 2 was dropped from Universal Pictures’ release schedule, but both del Toro and Universal insist that project is not canceled. If a del Toro remake of Pet Sematary was ever going to happen, there’s no time like the present.
Stephen King fans, do you want to see del Toro’s take on Pet Sematary? Cast your bones in the comment section below!
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