‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Wants to Remake ‘Pet Sematary’

Thanks to inflation, the 2017 remake of It is on track to be the highest-grossing R-rated horror film of all time, pushing past the $234M 1973’s The Exorcist brought in. Of course, if you adjust for inflation, The Exorcist has a gross domestic total of $983M in today’s dollars, roughly four times what It has pulled in. Still, It is a major hit, and studios are likely to ignore The Dark Tower and make movies based on every Stephen King book they can possibly get the rights to.

While It director Andy Muschietti and his sister, producer Barbara Muschietti, are developing a sequel, detailing the return of gay icon Pennywise in the current day, they told Entertainment Weekly they’d like to do a remake of Pet Sematary.

“My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die,” Andy Muschietti tells EW. “I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie.”

“We’ll see who gets to it first,” Barbara Muschietti says. “But it is the first Stephen King book that we read, and it’s something that has been a great love, because it is possibly King’s most personal book. You can imagine his young family. What will you do to be able to keep your family? How far would you go?”

“I really hope we can do it. But if we do it, we have to do it justice, like we did with It,” Barbara Muschietti says. “The versions we read in the past years, the scripts we’ve read, have not been, in our opinion, representative of the book.”

The Muschiettis are also making something that’s not a remake of a movie you’ve already seen, a television adaptation of the Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez comic book Locke & Key for Hulu. Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, so the duo are really branching out, spreading their wings and trying something different from what they’ve already done.

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