Pet Sematary (2019 film)

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Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary (2019) poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by
  • Kevin Kölsch
  • Dennis Widmyer
Produced by
Screenplay by Jeff Buhler
Based on Pet Sematary
by Stephen King
Cinematography Laurie Rose
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)
Country United States
Language English

Pet Sematary is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by Jeff Buhler. It is the second adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King, after the 1989 film. The film stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. It is set to be released on April 5, 2019.


Pet Sematary follows "a doctor who moves his family out of the big city to the country. There he discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground, and when his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, he takes the boy's body to the cemetery, where it is resurrected in demonic form."[1]


  • Jason Clarke as Louis Creed
  • Amy Seimetz as Rachel Creed
  • John Lithgow as Jud Crandall
  • Jeté Laurence as Ellie Creed
  • Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie as Gage Creed
  • Obssa Ahmed as Victor Pascow


On March 5, 2010, it was announced that a remake was in the works, with Matt Greenberg (writer of another King adaptation, 1408) writing the screenplay.[2] On October 31, 2013, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider were revealed to be producing the remake with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo in talks to direct the remake.[3]

On December 7, 2017, it was announced that Paramount Pictures had greenlit a new adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary to be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch based off a script by Jeff Buhler. Producers are set to include Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, and Steven Schneider.[4]

On April 16, 2018, it was announced that Jason Clarke had been cast in the lead role of Louis Creed.[1] On May 4, 2018, it was reported John Lithgow had joined the cast in the role of Jud Crandall.[5] In June 2018, it was announced that Amy Seimetz had been cast in the film's lead female role as Rachel Creed, that Jeté Laurence had been cast as Creed daughter Ellie, and that twins Hugo and Lucas Lavoie had been cast as Creed son Gage.[6][7] On October 8, 2018, it was reported that Obssa Ahmed had been cast as college student Victor Pascow.[8]

Principal photography commenced on June 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[9][10] Filming had wrapped by October 2018.[8]


The film was originally slated to be released on April 19, 2019,[11] but was later pushed back to April 5, 2019.[12]


  1. ^ a b Kit, Borys (April 16, 2018). "Jason Clarke in Talks to Star in 'Pet Sematary' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Outlaw, Kofi (March 5, 2010). "'1408' Writer Headed for the 'Pet Sematary' | ScreenRant". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 31, 2013). "'Pet Sematary' Back From the Dead With Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 8, 2017). "Paramount Sets 2019 Release For 'Pet Sematary' & 'Instant Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Breznican, Anthony (May 4, 2018). "John Lithgow joins the remake of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (June 1, 2018). "Amy Seimetz Female Lead In 'Pet Sematary' Remake". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Breznican, Anthony (June 21, 2018). "Meet the kids from the new film version of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Squires, John (October 8, 2018). "Obssa Ahmed Plays the New Victor Pascow in Next Year's 'Pet Sematary' - Bloody Disgusting". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Trumbore, Dave (June 18, 2018). "'Pet Sematary' Adaptation Starts Filming; First Set Photo Revealed by Co-Directors". Collider. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Salemme, Danny (June 18, 2018). "Pet Sematary Director Announces Filming Has Begun". Screen Rant. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 8, 2017). "Paramount Sets 2019 Release For 'Pet Sematary' & 'Instant Family'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (May 23, 2018). "'Transformers 7' Pulled From Paramount Schedule". Variety. Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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