Movie Report: Paramount Hires Two Directors For New ‘Pet Sematary’ Adaptation

Paramount Pictures will be bringing a Stephen King novel to the big screen in the near future and just recently hired the two that will lead the project.

According to Variety, Paramount has selected Kevin Kolsch and Deninis Widmyer, who directed the 2014 flick “Starry Eyes,” as the helmers for a new adaptation of “Pet Sematary.” The movie, Variety reports, is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. Writing the movie, meanwhile, is Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich.

This will be the second time “Pet Sematary” will have been adapted into a film, with the original coming out in 1989. The original was directed by Mary Lambert and co-written by King and Steven Schneider.

Variety writes that the story follows the “travails of a family who moves into a new home next to a cemetery endowed with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead.” The 1989 picture earned $57 million on an $11 million budget.

The announcement of the new “Pet Sematary” comes after the success of another King adaptation, “It.” To date, the new adaptation of “It” has earned a total of $323,868,540 in the states and $666,568,540 across the globe.

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At the weekend box office this weekend, it was the horror sequel “Jigsaw” taking the top spot with more than $16 million. However, the number marked the second to worst opening weekend for the “Saw” series, with the lowest being $14 million for “Saw VI” in 2009. The movie likely got a boost for its horror-Halloween connection, but the weekend gross shows again that the series has worn out its welcome.

The full top five was
1. Jigsaw – $16,640,452
2. Madea Halloween 2 – $10,052,608
3. Geostorm – $5,903,428
4. Happy Death Day – $5,078,685
5. Blade Runner 2049 – 4,117,395

This top five puts an end to a rough month at the box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this October has been the worst in nearly a decade. Through Sunday, October ticket sales were at just $539.1 million, down 13.4 percent from last year. Additionally, THR reports that the last time October revenue didn’t cross $600 million was in 2007.

The stumbling box office should gain traction this coming weekend, though, with the release of the blockbuster superhero sequel “Thor: Ragnarok.” Also, the comedy sequel “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” is releasing to screens.

For the small screen, new home releases include:

  • The Dark Tower, ATMR Rating: 2.4 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16%
  • Kidnap, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 36%