The easiest thing for Paramount to do would be to take a copy of Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary, bury it in an old Native American graveyard, and wait for the new version to emerge from the dirty depths.
Instead (according to the LA Times), they’ve hired 1408 writer Matthew Greenberg to start on a script for a remake. They’ll probably also find a director and a crew and film it when they’ve got perfectly good, perfectly cheap voodoo magic that could make the movie for them. On second thought, they’ll probably be using voodoo magic, too.
Stephen King is a ridiculously prolific writer, but he also has an uncommon amount of his work adapted for screen. It’s unclear why the world needs another Pet Sematary, especially when Lambert and company did it so well, and especially when there are tons of other King properties out there that need some movie love.
This move is most likely part of the King re-invigoration seen with the massive Dark Tower project and continued by word that The Stand will also be a feature film. In other words, this might not be the last King adaptation we see go into development. Anyone out there want to make “Strawberry Spring” or “The Man Who Loved Flowers”?