Javier Botet as Zelda. Just imagine it. Are you scared yet?
Last month, well before the release of his IT, director Andy Muschietti expressed a desire to someday adapt Stephen King’s Pet Sematary for the big screen.
“We’re huge fans of Pet Sematary,” he told Toronto Sun, referring to he and sister/producing partner Barbara. “If we can get our hands on that and do the Pet Sematary we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe.”
Now that we’ve seen how much justice Muschietti did to IT, we can’t help but want his Pet Sematary even more. And speaking with EW this week, both Andy and Barbara once again noted that adapting King’s 1983 novel (which became the 1989 film) would be a dream come true for them.
“My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die,” Andy Muschietti told the site. “I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.”
Barbara added, “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? I really hope we can do it. 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.”
Recently, Guillermo del Toro also expressed interest in adapting Pet Sematary. As far as we’re aware, Paramount has no plans in motion at this time.
If they’re smart, they’ll scoop up the Muschietti siblings ASAP.