Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Looking to Scare Up ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

By November 1, 2013

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Portrait Shoot

Consider this a post-Halloween trick, because the news that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is looking to direct yet another remake of a horror classic is about as far from a treat as you can get, at least when it comes to the director’s track record with such productions.

Variety reports that the director is in talks to helm Paramount’s remake of the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, a move that’s not entirely surprising considering how cheaply made the first film was and how much cash it brought in on the other end. And, let’s be real here, who doesn’t love seeing dead things comes back from the dead to taunt the new family in town?

This one comes with a fresh script from screenwriters Matt Greenberg and David Kajganich, so at least it might have some new blood in it, even if the idea of remaking a King classic is beyond tired.


Fresnadillo is no stranger to unnecessary remakes – he’s previously been attached to and eventually left both a Highlander reboot and the remake of The Crow, two productions that are still struggling to get made (don’t make them). His last film was the atmospheric Clive Owen-starring Intruders, a film that worked shockingly well for its first half before totally collapsing into confusion and cliché.

Should this latest project come to life (and, honestly, we’re not holding our breath on this one), expect to see it hit theaters sometime in 2015 mixed in among the utter chaos of Hollywood releases slated for that year.

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Kate Erbland
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