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​‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Wants To Make Another Stephen King Classic In Pet Sematary

​‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Wants To Make Another Stephen King Classic In Pet Sematary

Andy and his sister and co-producer, Barbara, have read scripts in the past but have not been overly impressed.

Michael Minay

Michael Minay

Suffice to say, It has gone down pretty well with audiences. Who knew scary clowns were such a thing? Oh right, everyone.

Even the filmmakers might have been slightly taken aback, however, with just how well it all went.

Credit: Warner Bros. / IT

It smashed box office records all over the shop. The milestones ranged from the sensible and impressive - the highest grossing Stephen King adaptation, surpassing The Green Mile, Carrie, The Shining, Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, Misery...we could go on - to the highest grossing movie ever released in autumn. We're not sure what that means.

Of course, when a film is as successful as It, then the people behind it are bound to come into high demand. There is scope for It: Chapter Two - It Follows is already taken, of course - but the Muschietti siblings, who made the film, are looking in a different direction.

"My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die," said director Andy Muschietti in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie."


Credit: Paramount Pictures

His sister and co-producer, Barbara, continues: "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?"

Barbara continued: "But if we do it, we have to do it justice, like we did with It. The versions we read in the past years, the scripts we've read, have not been, in our opinion, representative of the book."

Pet Sematary has of course been made into a film before. In fact, it has become something of a cult classic in the 28 years since release in 1989.

However, the love for it might not be particularly based on it being good, as anyone who has seen Fred Gwynne - aka Herman Munster, aka the Alabama judge from My Cousin Vinny - in it might attest.

They might not be the only superstars thinking of a Pet Sematary reboot as well.

Guillermo Del Toro tweeted back in 2015: "Book of the Day: PET SEMATARY by Stephen King. Unrelentingly dark and emotional. Compulsive reading. Would kill to make it on film."

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Topics: Stephen King