In February, there were rumors of a prequel to ‘Animal graveyard‘(Pet Sematary, 2019) for Paramount +. But it seems that although there is a new movie based on the Stephen King classic on the way, but now reportedly Deadline after all it is possible that the new movie is not a prequel, although now the project is closer to seeing the light and already has a director: Lindsey beer.
The prequel that was not
Beer, known for her screenplay of ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ will debut as a director with the project and is also working on the script, which is inspired by Stephen King’s terrifying 1983 novel about a graveyard that has the power to raise the dead. The new film is based on a draft by Jeff Buhler, who was commissioned to write the 2019 remake. In February, it was informed that the new installment of ‘Pet Sematary’ was going to tell the story of the Mimac cemetery, but this latest news denies it.
According to the latest information, it is clarified that “although the first reports said that this would be a prequel, sources now say that the direction of the plot is still being discussed and a prequel is not guaranteed at this time.” Either way, the film is destined to premiere exclusively on Paramount + and will use the 2019 remake as a springboard.
Buhler wrote a first script after working with Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer as directors on the new adaptation after the 1989 version of Mary Lambert. That one already had a wild sequel directed by Lambert herself, which, like this current project, he told his own story already free from King’s novel. The idea of a prequel makes sense since the cemetery is old, and the novel itself tells past stories related to the place.