Screenwriter Matthew Greenberg is on board to adapt another Stephen King story for the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter announced on March 4. Greenberg, who penned the screenplay for the 2007 hit ‘1408’ with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, is now set to write the movie remake of King’s novel ‘Pet Sematary.’
Paramount Pictures is releasing the movie, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who produced ‘1408,’ and Steven Schneider set to produce. ‘Pet Sematary’ was at one point going to be produced by Alphaville, with Mike Werb and Michael Colleary from ‘Face/Off’ fame set to write. George Clooney was also rumored to be attached to star. But Greenberg has officially taken over writing duties, as he has experience writing fantasy and horror movies. He also wrote 1998’s ‘Halloween: H20.’
‘Pet Sematary’ was originally released into theaters in 1989, and starred Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne. The book was released in 1983, and focuses on the Creed family who moves to Maine. They discover their home is near a pet cemetery, which children created because their pets are constantly being hit on the nearby highway. The cemetery is on an ancient burial ground. When young Gage is killed, his father Louis buries him in the cemetery, where he is brought back to life as a demon.
The 1989 movie was successful enough to spawn a sequel in 1992, which starred Clooney’s ‘ER’ co-star Anthony Edwards and Edward Furlong of ‘Terminator 2’ fame.
Written by: Karen Benardello