Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the writing/directing duo behind Starry Eyes, have been tasked with bringing Stephen King’s Pet Sematary back to the screen, and Jason Clarke (Winchester) is currently in talks to star as Louis Creed. More casting news comes courtesy of EW today, as the new Jud Crandall has been found.
John Lithgow will be playing the character Fred Gwynne brought to the screen back in 1989. Crandall is Creed’s kindly neighbor, who introduces him to the titular location.
In Pet Sematary, published in 1983 and re-adapted by Jeff Buhler…
“Louis Creed and his wife Rachel move their two children into a home and soon learn there is a creepy Pet Sematary near their property, where legend has it that animals buried there come back to life. It starts with their cat being run over, and brought back, and it gets much worse when the reanimation attempt turns to humans, who don’t come back exactly as they were before.”
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, and Steven Schneider are producing.
Paramount has dated the new adaptation for release on April 19, 2019.