Amy Seimetz Joins 'Pet Sematary' Remake; Here's Everything We Know

Amy Seimetz Joins 'Pet Sematary' Remake; Here's Everything We Know

Amy Seimetz

Update 3: Amy Seimetz is in talks to join a new, big-screen version of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, according to Variety. Seimetz is a filmmaker (Sun Don't Shine) and actress who became known for her sterling work in a series of independent films, including You're Next, Upstream Color and The Sacrament (above).

What role will Seimetz play? If things work out, she will costar as "the mother of the child who gets caught up in the pet graveyard behind the house," per Deadline. Jason Clarke and John Lithgow are already set to star. The horror-thriller is set for release on April 5, 2019.

(Read our previously-published posts below.) 

Update 2: John Lithgow (above with Will Ferrell in Daddy's Home 2) has joined Pet Sematary. In the new version, based on Stephen King's novel, Lithgow will portray Jud Crandall, described as "a kindly neighbor," per THR

The role was played by Fred Gwyne in the original film; he introduced his new neighbors to the titular memorial park and explained how things worked. We'll have to wait to see if the new version takes a different path with the character. It's currently set for release on April 19, 2019. 

(Read our previously-published posts below.) 


Update 1: Jason Clarke (above) is now in talks in star in the new version of Pet Sematary, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If things work out, he will play the lead role, a doctor who has moved his family out of the city into a more rural area. Tragically, his son is killed in an accident, prompting the doctor to take extreme measures.

(What follows is our original article, with many more details, first published on October 31, 2017.)


Paramount Pictures has been developing a remake of Pet Sematary since 2011, but the massive success of It last month has Hollywood scrambling to catch the heat of Stephen King mania. The favor for the author's work has already continued into Netflix's Gerald's Game and 1922.

Now we're looking at a new adaptation of Pet Sematary moving forward with Variety reporting the hire of directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.

Here's everything you need to know:

Who are Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer?

The duo wrote and directed the 2014 Hollywood-set horror movie Starry Eyes, which was partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Since helming that breakout feature, they've contributed a segment to the horror anthology movie Holidays and directed episodes of Scream: The Series.

Wasn't someone else supposed to direct the new Pet Sematary?

Given that the remake has been in development a while, there have been other directors attached or linked to the project in the past. Some of the names include Alexandre Aja, who gave us the remakes of Piranha and The Hills Have Eyes, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, helmer of 28 Weeks Later.

According to Variety, Sean Carter (Keep Watching) and Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) were also in talks for the gig. Also, this summer, ahead of the release of his It adaptation, director Andy Muschietti said he was interested in doing this King-based movie, too.

What's the plot of Pet Sematary again?

After a couple's son dies in an accident, the boy's father buries him in a secret hidden cemetery in the woods specifically set up for pets. Anything that's buried there comes back to life, including the kid. But the resurrected animals and humans are not quite the same -- they're now killers. 

Who wrote this version?

While King himself scripted the 1989 adaptation of his book, this time Paramount has gone with screenwriters David Kajganich, who wrote last year's A Bigger Splash and the upcoming Suspiria remake, Matt Greenberg, who coscripted the King-based 1408, and Jeff Buhler, who scripted The Midnight Meat Train and the upcoming Jacob's Ladder remake.

When will the movie be out?

No release date has been set, but Paramount seems to be fast-tracking the adaptation in the wake of It's success, so hopefully soon.

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