The first trailer for Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved horror novel, Pet Sematary, has arrived.
This is the second adaptation of King’s book about a family who moves to Maine and comes to the unsettling realization that a cemetery near their house has the uncanny ability to bring back the dead. The first adaptation was released in 1989, and unlike the campy vibe of that film — which mostly starred lesser known actors from B-movies and genre TV shows — Kölsch and Widmyer’s version will tackle the “immense dread” found within King’s novel. Jeff Buhler, one of the film’s screenwriters, told Dread Central that Pet Sematary will be “the scariest Stephen King adaptation ever.”
It should come as no surprise that production companies and studios are interested in revisiting King’s exhaustive catalogue of material. Following last year’s well-received It, this year’s Castle Rock series on Hulu and Netflix’s Gerald Game adaptation, we’re in a Stephen King glut. Pet Sematary, which is considered one of King’s scariest books-to-date, is a natural next step.
Pet Sematary, which stars John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz, will be released in 2019.