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Matthew Greenberg to Write Pet Sematary Remake

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Matthew Greenberg to Write Pet Sematary Remake

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

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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2 Comments

  1. jodz

    June 2, 2010 at 4:30 am

    if its going to be as good and scary as the 1st one then i say go for it wud be good.but plz dont make it a crap remake like they have done wit jason and freedy and all tht like they could make it scaryer than the 1st if they want i say go for it we all need a flim to jump of r seats wit again like the 1st.

  2. jodz

    June 2, 2010 at 4:37 am

    i say dont mess it up if u cant make it better just leave it if u can make it better go for it make us all jump but plz dont do like all the remakes are doing and messing up.(jason/ freddy)cum on ther are sum things that shouldnt be done again because they were so good 1st time round.i want to see pet sematary being made the same or way more scary and i think maybe they can do it but must of the time they hold back why?just go mad wit it cant wait to see.

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