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Alex Aja Digging Up Pet Sematary?
He's in talks for Stephen King remake

03 August 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Twitch

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Alex Aja Digging Up Pet Sematary?

Paramount announced back in February that they were looking to exhume Stephen King's Pet Sematary, and the project may now have a director in Alexandre Aja. The French director of Switchblade Romance is in talks with the studio to bring the Creed family back to life.

Aja's career since Switchblade Romance (or Haute Tension, as we ought to call it) has been perplexing. That awesome debut turned a lot of heads, but his Hollywood CV to date has been a hundred percent remakes (The Hills Have Eyes*, Mirrors, Piranha), which surely ought to make him wary of yet another.

Previously filmed by Mary Lambert from King's own screenplay in 1989 (with a sequel by the same director in 1992), Pet Sematary sees the hapless Creeds moving into a new home near an ancient Native American burial ground which can reanimate the dead. "Sometimes dead is better" though, as kindly neighbour Fred Gwynne explains. By which he means "always", since whatever comes comes out of the ground (Church the cat; little boy Gage; Lt. Tasha Yar) becomes a homicidal shadow of what went in. The film is clunky, but we reckon the Zelda flashbacks are untouchably horrific.

Aja was at Comic-Con talking up Cobra: The Space Pirate, but it seems that he's still struggling to get the sci-fi manga adaptation up and running. Perhaps there's a deal to be done with Paramount here? One more remake, and then...

Whether or not Aja signs on the line, the new Pet Sematary has a screenplay by Matthew Greenberg (who also wrote 1408) and is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider. We'll have more news as soon as it's exhumed.

*Admittedly really quite good.


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RE: Caleb Landry Jones for Pascal!
I'm quite interested in who they'd cast for Jud, at this point, too. They could of course go for irony and cast Ed Herrmann, but I don't think he really has grimness for it. More

Posted by rosiedoes at 20:01 on 03 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Caleb Landry Jones for Pascal!
'Tis true he's racking up the remakes but I have to say I thought his 'Hills Have Eyes' was better than the original and 'Piranha 3D' was great entertainment. Admittedly 'Mirrors' was woeful but 'Switchblade Romance' was pretty good. More

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Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 15:49 on 03 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Caleb Landry Jones for Pascal!
L: DancingClown I believe you mean /i], yes? Victor Pascow? But I agree with that casting suggestion. ctually, I think you're right. The kid called him Paxcow, didn't she? More

Posted by rosiedoes at 15:27 on 03 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Caleb Landry Jones for Pascal!
I believe you mean /i], yes? Victor Pascow? But I agree with that casting suggestion. I'll be quite interested in this. The Lambert film certainly had some genuinely horrific and chilling moments - plus Fred Gwynne as Jud was perfect casting - but the plot felt a little convoluted and rushed, plus the transformation and character arc of Louis Creed from family-man-of-science to grief-stricken graverobber was never fully explored. More

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Caleb Landry Jones for Pascal!
The kid would be perfect for that role. Right age, creepy as hell when he wants to be, already pale as death... More

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