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Paramount Looking To Resurrect Stephen King's PET SEMATARY!

Published at: Feb. 2, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Beaks here...

Gage wants to play again.

According to the L.A. Times' Steven Zeitchik, Paramount is digging up a new adaptation of Stephen King's PET SEMATARY. I know there are folks who enjoy the Mary Lambert-directed 1989 film (which King scripted), but aside from (spoiler!) Fred Gwynne getting fucked up by a zombie toddler, I have no affection for it. The book scared the hell out of me as a kid, but the movie, while narratively faithful, played like straight-up camp.

So maybe a new take isn't an awful idea - especially if they can get a better handle on the creepy tone of the novel. The screenplay is currently being written by Matthew Greenberg (who had a part in adapting King's 1408; he also co-wrote the cult favorite REIGN OF FIRE), and, according to two of Zeitchik's agency sources, will be shopped to "high-level" directors. While they're not exactly high-level (yet), I'll go ahead and put in a vote for INSIDE's Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury; if allowed to make a hard-R horror flick, they could definitely bring a level of relentlessness absent from Lambert's version. Ron Howard would also be good.

Zeitchik's article reminds me that there's still an adaptation of IT in development at Warner Bros. I have no fucking clue how that would work as a two-hour feature.

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  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Ramones on the soundtrack or GTFO

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Don't fuck with the Bunk

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Maa' Fucka!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    It should be filled with dead celebrity animals!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    "That's not just any zombie bear, it's fucking Bart The Bear from 'The Edge'!" "It's okay! Zombie Lassie is here to save us. Oh fuck! He's eating mom's face!"

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Why?

    by v3d

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Why not?

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Way to go Hollywood

    by Mr Soze

    How about an Ishtar remake???

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The first one was nearly a perfect adaptation of the book

    by lock67ca

    Why fuck it up now?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    good god, zelda gave me nightmares. scary as shit

    by stu_pickles

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Attention Paramount:

    by m.dung

    Can you make it not suck this time? The movie came nowhere near the level of the book. Loved the adaptation of The Dead Zone though.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I miss the Ramones.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I remember seeing "Pet Sematary" in the theater. The old lady with spina bifida haunts me to this day, but it was the Ramones song that really stuck with me. They continued to play that song in their setlist until the bitter end. There was only one Ramones. I saw them live a dozen times, and I was lucky enough to interview Johnny on the phone once. It still kills me that I can't look forward to a new Ramones record or hear Joey's voice on a new track.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    The soil of a man's haht is stoniah

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I like King and all...

    by blackwood

    ...but, really. I mean really. Really? Well, on the bright side, at least the odds are getting better that one of these many adaptations will actually be good.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    yep time for another false remake anouncement!

    by vin_diggler

    Every few month's they announce another King movie being remade. So far I have heard about Creepshow, It, The Stand, Firestarter and now Pet Semetary. So next month we will get an announcement that they are remaking Needful Things.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    austinite: you and me, both

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Rocket to Russia" was instrumental in making me the person I am today. When Joey died, so did a little piece of me.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Same problems w/ the Lambert version as Beaks...

    by Anti-fanboy

    Remake has huge potential. Ron Howard wouldn't bring the horror the way someone like Verbinski or Aja would. Shyamalan (considering it wouldn't be an original, dopey story by himself) might be interesting.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Fred Gwynne, Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby all say

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Fuck you Hollywood. This was one of the best adapaptations of a King movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    "Ron Howard would also be good "

    by vetepalapinga

    No, he fucking wouldn't.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    "Ron Howard would also be good"?

    by CountryBoy

    Based on what? Or is that a joke?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan would suck

    by lock67ca

    It might be good, since it's not an original story by him? Guess again. The Last Airbender wasn't a Shymalamadingdong original story either, and he fucked that up royally.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Oh wait, was THE DILEMMA *supposed* to be horrifying?

    by CountryBoy

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    isn't Cemetery?

    by Datascream

    even my spell check says so...I'm assuming Ain't it cool doesn't carry this miracle worker program...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    no, it's "Sematary."

    by nietzschebot

    From the book, the misspelling on a sign for a "Pet Sematary" created by kids.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    yea datascream you should read the book

    by vin_diggler

    the misspelling is part of the story. I kinda envy you, Pet Sematary is a great read and one of King's best. You should give it a read.

  • gotta pay for that cocaina somehow. am i right, fellas? haha...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    AIKN

    by maxjohnson1971

    Ain't It King News. What the fuck is going on around here?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard would be good

    by maxjohnson1971

    Really? Uh, what the fuck makes you think he would be good to direct a film version of the scariest fucking book King ever wrote? Seriously man. What makes you think that?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    New version needs

    by maxjohnson1971

    more Zelda!! I'm with the others on here that make a point about her scaring the shit out of them. Of all the awful, dreadful things in that book, she was the worst.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Stephen King could buy Colombia if he wanted.

    by nietzschebot

    He really did get one of the only subscriptions to free money from the money truck. What were we doing when they knocked?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Beaks!!! I just figured it out!!

    by maxjohnson1971

    AICN is royally sucking Ron Howards dick right now!! All those interviews about "The Dilemma" and in the hopes of getting the Dark Tower news first! Now you are gonna start saying that this director would be good and that director would be good. Oh, and Ron Howard would be good. I'm sure Howard is checking all the TB's for suggestions on the Dark Tower stuff. I like the guy and all, but he has NEVER shown me anything to suggest he would be good for a horror movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    A Creepshow remake?

    by maxjohnson1971

    Really? WTF?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "Has anybody ever buried a person up there?"

    by maxjohnson1971

    "JESUS CHRIST ON HIS THRONE NO!!!"

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Reign of Fire reached cult status?

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Didn't know that.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Maybe what they mean about Howard being good

    by PhilipMarlowe

    Maybe they will CGI him in the new flick as his Opie persona.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Here! Here! to writefortheedit! Ramones or bust!

    by planetran_fan

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Scariest Scene Ever: YOU'RE NEVER GONNA WALK AGAIN!

    by planetran_fan

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    yep it is true Maxjohnson1971

    by vin_diggler

    The creepshow remake threat has been going around for a few years now. IMDB and wikipedia still claim it will happen. The rumour is that King is involved and helping write the screenplay. But I don't believe it will actually happen.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    "they'll say 'you hated her, rachel,' and that was true."

    by stu_pickles

    "and the'll say 'you wanted her dead,' and that was true too." no one ever accused this movie of having good acting. but fuck you zelda. i aint gonna be put in a bed forever

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Except for Gage, the first one sucked ass

    by Rex Carsalot

    Badly cast, weirdly shot, and that whole sister thing - Jesus, usually I'm for all-inclusion, but that whole thing could have been cut. It didn't make a lick of sense in the movie, and in the book it was mostly just interesting background on Rachel. And why was her sister played by the same guy who played the dead cyclist? the whole movie is a giant wtf - except for Gage and that creepy fucking giggle.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    zombie Gage in his tuxido holding a scalpel sticks in my head

    by vin_diggler

    the whole idea of your own child killing his mother and laughing about it always disturbed me.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Prepare for CGI cat, CGI toddler!!!!

    by performingmonkey

    Now I'll just go cry alone in a corner somewhere.....or maybe go read some more of Joe Hill's (King's son) novel, Horns. It's pretty good, especially if you like straight-up, no bullshit writing. Now THIS will make a good movie someday. I would love to see IT adapted with some real balls (Tim Curry saved the miniseries from being a total disaster). You need the f-bomb, for a start, and also you need to see lots of blood. The only way IT can be done for real is a HBO series that includes everything, especially the fire at the Black Spot part which always gives me chills, that flashback is one of King's finest pieces of writing IMO.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    You can never have enough bad Maine movie accents.

    by Fred

    Ayuh.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    somewhere Miko Hughes is saying "no fair"

    by Bouncy X

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    It's the guy who messed up 'Reign of Fire'?

    by zinc_chameleon

    When just a few extra world-building details would have made it a classic. Like: it's not the dragons that wipe out humankind, it's the 70-million-year-old viruses that they carry with them. That's the nearly-hard science approach. Or for the fantasy buffs: these dragons can fly (they actually could never fly with a wingspan that short, and bodies that big) because they actually use psychokinesis, both to fly and create their fire. A basic tutorial in sf or fantasy world-building, and 'Reign of Fire' would have been among the greats. Rant finished!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Vin Diggler

    by maxjohnson1971

    No fucking way they are doing a straight re-make of Creepshow. Uh uh. I refuse... to... believe (And then my head exploded)

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Reign of Fire

    by maxjohnson1971

    Yeah? When did that reach cult status? Did we all miss out on that one?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Unless of course,

    by maxjohnson1971

    "cult status" is the new lingo for "totally sucked." Then I would agree that "Reign of Fire" was at cult status from day one.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    i appreciate what Reign of Fire attempted to do.

    by stu_pickles

    my brother has an awesome six foot poster for it that is still better than the entire movie was.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Fred Gwyne and Denise Crosby

    by brocknroll

    While the original Pet Sematary was okay, the only good things about the movie were the performances of Fred Gwyne and Denise Crosby. I'll never forget the classic scene where Denise is in bed, reading the book of the same movie title. Hilarious. Plus, Fred Gwyne's performance is golden.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    "Ron Howard would also be good."

    by SebastianHaff

    I hope you die for that. Slowly. <br><p> Pet Sematary had some issues, nowhere near as horrifying as the book, but still one of the best King adaptations, and frankly, they did Zelda so well there's no point in trying to top it. No point in even trying to match it. Hands down one of the most frightening characters ever put on film, no matter how short the rest of the movie may be. <br><p> And who could they possibly get to do the end credits song even half as well as the Ramones? Fuck off with this. There are still dozens of King stories that haven't even been made ONCE. Let's be honest, they don't want to remake this because of any faults with the original. It's just to piggyback off the familiar title. If The Long Walk were shot twenty years ago, they'd be remaking that. But since it hasn't been shot at all, we may never get it. Because Hollywood truly believes we won't go see movies unless we recognize the title from twenty years ago. <br><p> Seriously though, I hope you die for the Ron Howard comment. That boring, safe, bland, vanilla piece of shit should just be happy making his fucking Dan Brown old person movies.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by KevinMuller

    I normally don't say anything about the GIFs, but the one you got going on up there is a bit disturbing..haha...hope you are feeling better

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by SebastianHaff

    Why do the guys who did Inside only get offered remakes? They were offered Halloween II, and then Hellraiser, and I don't know of anything else thrown at them at all. I don't want to see them do Pet Sematary. They need to attack us with something as vicious as Inside. Those two would blow away any of the hip Asian directors all the horror fans are cumming over these days. The American horror filmmakers don't even factor into the equation. Roth, Zombie, McKee, and Brad Anderson can't direct everything.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    "Sometimes... dead is bettah."

    by DickBallsworth

    Fred Gwynne was gold.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Pretty sure the Howard comment is a joke

    by Wyatt Elling

    Beaks is one of the sharper people on this site. I would expect the Howard idiocy from Nordling or Capone. Obviously Ron Howard is a terrible choice. Obviously. Especially next to the Inside directors.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Steven King figured out real magic

    by thedarklingthrush

    and the meek will inherit the earth.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Dear Hollywood, please think up new ideas, sincerely - me

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    For serious, yo.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Who cares this movie sucked

    by Norm3

    What a dumb story.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    "Ron Howard would also be good"

    by Nico Toscani

    Seriously . . . is that a fucking joke Beaks? If so it's a bad one.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    "The person you put up there ain't the person that comes back."

    by cookepuss

    Fred Gwynne & Miko Hughes were the heart of the original. Alas! One's career is dead and the other's actually dead. Figure out which is which. It could turn out to be an awesome remake, but it's more likely to return as an over the top, yet scare-free, soulless & paint by numbers affair. Leave this movie dead & buried.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I like the movie and the book.

    by hallmitchell

    This film could be really badass.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Give William Friedkin a call.

    by hallmitchell

    Instead of looking new how about some greats of the past?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    This film would be perfect for Rob Zombie

    by brocknroll

    I know my post will create controversy in the talkback but this needs to be said. Rob Zombie would be perfect for the "Pet Sematary" reboot. He did it successfully with "Halloween". Why not this? Wouldn't surprise me if they're gonna go for him.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Reluctant_Austinite, you interviewed Johnny?

    by Bobo_Vision

    What was that like? <p> I'm a pretty big Ramones fan, too, and saw them live once in their final years....and I've read pretty much every book ever written about them, and by all accounts, Johnny was a sociopath and a racist, but a necessary component to keeping the Ramones together because his militant style kept the rest of the band (who pretty much all suffered from mental illness) in line.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    M. Night...

    by SA_Rhyno

    destroyed nearly flawless source material in The Last Airbender. Please God, let him go away!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Re: What's with all King projects all of a sudden?

    by brocknroll

    In answer to klinteastwood's question, in the past most of King's works were being made into TV mini series movies. He never did movies for the big screen that much. The last Stephen King movie for the big screen was "The Mist" way back in 2007. King is the most famous author in the world right now, he's an icon, obviously. Hollywood will make a movie based on all of his books as much as possible. Stephen King, the man himself, is obviously a huge movie buff himself like all of us. I'm pretty sure he wants Hollywood to do films based on his work. I'm sure he's had a hand in wanting these films to get the greenlight. He's also a screenwriter too, btw, he's wrote most of his films for both mini series and big screen pictures.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    why don't they remake shitty horror movies?

    by elsewhere

    Pet Semetary is a good movie and creepy to boot.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    CGI furry animals!

    by jimmy_009

    Those never look terrible! And they're always scary in horror movies! What could go wrong?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    My favorite Stephen King book

    by Toe Jam

    I've always thought it deserved another shot at the big screen. It's not so dense -- i.e., "It" and "The Stand" -- that it wouldn't make a really lean, awesome, genuinely scary movie. The passages in which Louis Creed takes Gage's body to the ancient burial ground are some of the most terrifying I ever read. Of course, I was probably about 11 years old when I last read it.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Hey Paramount.... Sometimes 'Dead is better'.

    by SmokingRobot

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The novel

    by Shubniggorath

    Simply the scariest piece of fiction I ever read. The one and only book or movie that gave me nightmares. Also, thanks to the movie, I learned how to pronounce "ayuh."

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    No, it's Pet Semetary

    by Bobo_Vision

    Because the sign outside the graveyard was created by children who didn't know how to spell properly.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    i felt really bad/sad/mad after part 2

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    not because it was worst compared to the 1st one, but because they showed all the faces of the people that died... I wont ever forget that shit

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Mary Lambert directed "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid"!

    by Toe Jam

    I was just perusing the Wikipedia entry on "Pet Sematary and noticed that Mary Lambert's most recent directorial effort was "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid." I watched a bit of it the other night when it premiered on SyFy, and I'll be goddamned if it's not about the biggest piece of shit movie ever.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    The Book was terrible...

    by MainMan2001

    the book was completely boring and played the same notes over and over and over again. I get it death is inevitable and it sucks. Can we move on please. The last 30 or 40 pages though are pure King and some of the best suspense stuff his ever written but with that said you have to read the first 400 something pages which are straight up boring. The movie was more better but that isn't saying much. If they are gonna remake this it need to be done with class and have a really interesting take on the material.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Me said more better me make mistake me dead like zombie boy in movie

    by MainMan2001

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    "Fixed cat wont tend to wander!"

    by theycallmemrtibbs

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    stick to the book

    by Kirby and Ditko

    the original one was a huge disappointment - King screwed up his story big time by making Pascow a friendly ghost. And that ending was total crap! Stick to the damn book!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Also scratching my head over Reign of Fire's cult status.

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    Beaks, can you elaborate?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Really wish I could have experienced the Ramones firsthand

    by BlaGyver

    First real punk band I ever started listening to. My first band I was in when I was...geez, 12 or 13 covered "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" at every show we played. Shit, one of the coolest days of my life was the year I went to Warped Tour and spent an hour hanging out with Arturo Vega and just listening to his stories. Great band, truly jealous of all you guys that got to see them live, interview them, etc.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Wendigo

    by Kirby and Ditko

    and let's have the damn Wendigo in it this time please!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Book and film are classic. Why not remake the pos that is Christine?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The only Stephen King book...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...that genuinely creeped me the fuck out. I was about 17 when it came out and I still get the willies thinking about it. I think it's also the only Stephen King book from his classic era I've never reread.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    It'll be more about the evil pets, and they'll be computer generated

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    still they'll never top the living half dog in Return of the Living Dead

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    just looked at a bunch of horror movies vids on youtube

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and I truly miss the 80s/90s horror movies with over the top deaths and the need to add in martial arts ex. Phantasm 3 also, I just realized Kristy Swanson was in Deadly Friend... damn I used to love that chick

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I kinda liked Reign of Fire. It was okay.

    by lochkray

    Not sure that makes it "cult status" but it wasn't as bad as some people trash it. Certainly watchable (Hey, there's a blurb to put on a movie poster) Anyway, King is a big film geek like most people here (have a pet theory that he was actually Danny_Glovers_Dickblood on the talkback...No?) but I can't say that I've been overly impressed by all the film adaptations of his movies - despite the amount of pull he must have in their adaptations. For every Shawshank Redemption and Mist, there's a Maximum Overdrive and Dreamcatcher. There's only a handful of King books that have gone to be great movies. Some of his work, I think, is just unfilmable. At least to do the stories justice. I suspect the 1989 version of Pet Semetary is as good as its going to get.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    "Darling", it said.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Still the scariest fucking final sentence Stephen King has ever written. People give King shit for not knowing how to properly end a story, but when he *does* do it right, he fucking knocks it out of the park. The movie was okay when I was younger (and I was amused to see the same cat in Darkman a year later), but the book was not only scary as hell, it was also deeply, *deeply* haunting and mournful, which the gross-out movie never got right. I'd be up for a new version.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    wtfuckers? Lawrence Fishburne was in Nightmare on Elm Street?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    BIG LEBOWSKI sequel rumors

    by SoftAndPorky

    http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/01/big-lebowski-2-in-the-works/?iref=obnetwork

  • so that I can re-read or read some of his classic books, and now Hollywood is gonna remake or adapt a ton of his work again. I guess I better hit the book store.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    They would adapt King's grocery list.

    by njscribe44

    Man, Hollywood is creatively bankrupt. I'm sick of remakes, and King's recent books aren't too great either. The original "Cemetery" was pretty good. Gage really creeped me out at the end - childish giggles, animal growls, then the classic "No Fair!" line.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Young Mothers worst nightmare...

    by Mundungus

    I know women who were more frightened by Gage's death than any booga-booga in the story.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    The original was NOT true to the book

    by Jinxo

    The movie made a very significant change to the story, probably for practical reasons. The movie has the zombie kid, Gage, as an evil toddler but he's... a toddler. What helpe make the book so creepy was that while physically a toddler, Zombie Gage was clearly possessed by a nuch more mature and all-knowing intelligence. So you'd have a kid in a kiddie voice walking up to people and spewing out hateful, vile, curse-filled "gossip" about their lives. "You're wife was a fucking whore. She's in hell now..." Movie Gage would only laugh evilly and do some... evil babytalk. Likely because having a toddler spewing obscenities would be tough sell in many ways. Plus... how do you get a toddler who can sell mature evil... unless you get Stewie Griffin. If they can crack how to get an onscreen Gage who can do that crap, they're golden.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    1408 is one of the worst movies ever made

    by BigDan

    and anyone who had a hand in making it should be shot

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Love all this attention on King, but...

    by polisciguy83

    then I remember all the shit adaptations: Cujo, Christine, Children of the Corn (sequels, dtv remake- all shit), Firestarter (and that stupid sequel miniseries), Silver Bullet, Maximum Overdrive, The Running Man, Pet Sematary, Graveyard Shift, The Lawnmower Man, The Dark Half, The Tommyknockers, Needful Things, The Mangler, Langoliers, Thinner, Night Flier, Storm of the Century, Hearts in Atlantis, Rose Red, Dreamcatcher, Riding the Bullet, 1408, Secret Window, Desperation. The TV miniseries in the 90s tried, but "It" and "The Stand" are shadows of the books. Sleepwalkers was an original script by King, but again, not that great. On the other hand, there's been some good stuff (and I use good loosely to allow some more "charming" choices to make it): Carrie (Brian De Palma)- sequel and tv remake sucked. Salem's Lot (Tobe Hooper)- the tv constraints hurt, but damn if that vampire kid floating in the fog and scratching at the window doesn't cause me to shiver.... still, this could use a new adaptation The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)- yeah more Kubrick than King, but I like it. The tv miniseries version was shit. Creepshow (George Romero)- I like the tribute to EC Comics, even though the quality is uneven; one I'm giving a break to (sequels sucked). The Dead Zone (David Cronenberg) Cat's Eye- another uneven anthology, but James Woods quitting smoking with a foolproof system is gold Stand by Me (Rob Reiner) Misery (Rob Reiner) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont) Dolores Claiborne- not that great of a story, but the adaptation is adequate, not really much to improve upon Apt Pupil (Bryan Singer) The Green Mile (Frank Darabont) The Mist (Frank Darabont) At the end of the day, a handful of films I like to revisit and would recommend to others.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Better question: What hasn't been adapted that should be?

    by polisciguy83

    It's interesting that we're hearing about new adaptations of his most recognizable titles. What would you like to see tackled? To be honest, I haven't really read a lot of King past "Dreamcatcher", "From a Buick 8", "Black House", so I can't see for stuff like "Cell" or "Under the Dome". I would like to see adaptations of: Bag of Bones- author with writer's block trying to protect woman and her child; supernatural element, more more restrained. The Eyes of the Dragon- an engaging fantasy work on its own merits; whether it ever linked to Dark Tower and Flagg means little to me. The Talisman- another interesting fantasy quest, with boy traying across U.S. between parallel worlds. The Long Walk- very dark; marathon across America- you drop your pace, you are killed. He has some great short stories though it'd be tough to craft a feature film around one (fuck it, maybe an anthology) Jerusalem's Lot; One for the Road- both stories tie in to Salem's Lot, with the former getting into Lovecraft territory. The latter has vampires in a snow storm; fucking awesome. Strawberry Spring- sure, it'd be hard to sustain the story without the twist/reveal, especially over a period of a film, but I love this story a lot. I Know What You Need- very disturbing story about a relationship and a person no longer having control in their choices; the concept is handled right by King, hard to do on film. The Last Rung on the Ladder- for people who don't think King can write a human story without supernatural horror/thrills, fuck you. Read this story and find out if your humanity is still alive. I would love to see an adaptation of this.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Ron Howard would not be good. He's crap.

    by Ecto-1

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    How about Salem's Lot?

    by Ecto-1

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    polisciguy83

    by lochkray

    I'm part way through Under the Dome, and have to say, it has a lot of potential for a flick. Don't know how it all turns out (may very well go for a complete shit, as they sometimes do - Sorry Uncle Steve. Love ya, but it has happened on occasion - IMHO). Don't know how you effectively boil down 1100 pages, but I think it could be done, depending on how important it is for all the subplots to tie together in the end.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Darabont IS doing The Long Walk

    by maxjohnson1971

    At least I remember reading that a few months ago. Did it get dropped? If something is going to get remade, how about The Running Man? Movie was shit and nothing like the book. Now, speaking of The Lawnmower Man...

  • As has been shown with The Running Man, Secret Window, 1408, and Shawshank Redemption.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Oh wait, scratch Shawshank and Running Man from that list....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...and add Children of the Corn, Lawnmower Man, Graveyard Shift, and Maximum Overdrive. Not sure if that strengthens my argument. I liked 1408, however.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Puppet Master needs a reboot

    by estacado1

    Or are they still churning out stv sequels.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    blagyver

    by Bobo_Vision

    As great as it was seeing The Ramones live in their final years, there was something joyless and business-like about their performance that I couldn't put my finger on until I read the behind-the-scenes stories years later about how they hated each other. They were known for playing fast, and got faster and faster over the years, and it just sounded like they wanted to get off the stage as soon as possible, and playing faster was one way to do that. I would have liked to hear them play when Dee Dee was still with the band.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Pet sematary

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    My favorite was Church the cat. I fell in love with cats after that movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Pet sematary

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    Yeah, just remake everything at this point hollywood before you inplode on yourself.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    maxjohnson1971:

    by UltraTron

    Running man book has him crash a plane into killian with his guts hanging out while flipping him off. Killian is supposed to see the flipped bird through the front windshield of the plane traveling 400mph straight at em. Movie was probably better

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    "Ron Howard would also be good"

    by buggerbugger

    Ron Howard should be attached to a 'Christine' remake, just so we can all refer to it as "Richie CUNTingham's Christine". Hur hur.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Reign of Fire is not a cult movie

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It starred Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey. It was a big budget release that did poorly at the box office. It was a pre-Batman Bale so although he was a great actor he was not the A-lister he is now. That was McConaughey's job. Reign of Fire was good, but not great. It had a great idea, and a lot of potential, but fell flat. I was irked when the first posters for the movie had helicopters fighting the dragons, but this never happened in the movie. Dragon appearances were minimal, and the copters were just one copter slinking along trying not to get caught by the dragons. On the plus side when Butler saw Bale and McConaughey having a roid eating contest he decided to bulk up, and that got us 300.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    ZELDA says, "F Ron Howard, F him to death!"

    by dead youngling

    But Zelda will do his daughter...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Midkiff Gotta Eat!!

    by BookhouseBoy

    I got hammered on red wine last night and watched it on my projector, true story.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    2 things the first movie did wrong that ruined it...

    by dcut75

    Making the Victor Pascow character a source of sarcasm and borderline comic relief. Turning Tummy Baterman into a fat retarded kid. Pascow needs to be much more dark and brooding, almost menacing. The Baterman segment needs to be longer and the kid needs to be pure, quiet, calculating evil.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Tummy?

    by dcut75

    Timmy, stupid Droid spell check!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Cujo was a "shit adaptation"?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Fuck you, that movie is awesome.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    A remake I actually support for once.

    by Zombieflicker

    Except for Fred G, the acting completely sucked. Seriously, if you haven't seen it in awhile watch it again. The actress that played the daughter almost makes me want to poke my eyeballs out. I swear the cat was probably the best actor in the whole movie. I forced myself to like it back then since I was a King fanatic, but man... it does not hold up well at all. I knew Romero was given the opportunity back then to direct it, but I don't remember what happened to change it. Too bad. Who ever does it now, just give it the love it deserves.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    A bit off-topic, but it's del Toro horror, so...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...anybody who has any taste for horror, Lovecraft, del Toro, or Forrest J. Ackerman for that matter, needs to head over to the New Yorker for their 13-page(!) profile of Guillermo del Toro, with much detail on his designs and preparation for At The Mountains of Madness. To use properly a much-abused word, it sounds _awesome_. That is all.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    bobo RE: Johnny Ramone

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Sorry, I've been away from AICN for a bit (shame!). I was writing for a local weekly when the Ramones were coming through town on their last tour so I made some calls and got an interview with Johnny. They were opening for White Zombie. Johnny seemed to be exactly what you would expect. I started the interview by saying, "I've been a huge fan for half of my life. How are you doing?" He responded, "Ugh, not too good. It's raining here so I'm stuck inside and bored." He told me he didn't regret never really making it big or breaking into the mainstream, although they REALLY wanted to get radio airplay. He said they had done better than he ever expected and lasted much longer than expected. I enjoyed asking him about "Rock n Roll High School" because he thought they had made the worst movie ever made. He was in New York and it was playing in a sleazy grindhouse theater, so he slipped into the back of theater and was shocked to find the audience going apeshit with laughter. I've got the interview on mini cassette somewhere. I should dig it out.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Stephen made a great choice when picking The Ramones..

    by Stalkeye

    for both Pet Sematery films. And damn did the sequel suck but the noted exception of "Poison Heart". God Bless the Ramones and (again) a postumous RIP to Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Johnny was an Asshole, but man could he play the Guitar.

    by Stalkeye

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    "Things sure have changed since we got kicked out of high school..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    PJ Soles made me waste about 5 billion-trillion potential children, back in the day...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    TERRIBLE MOVIE

    by uberman

    This needs to be done right. The two leads in the original were simply horrible. Ever seen either one in a film since? And the kid just looked like a little kid, not some messed up morturary abomination with a lopsidded head. Zelda was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay over the top. I was so dissapointed with this flick. A Rock and Roll soundtrack? What?? King should never be allowed to write his own screenplays. This flick needs to be treated like an indie. Make it black and white, no soundtrack, and dripping with atmosphere. No Hollywood flash-just tell the story and let the chips fall where they may.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    The book scared the shit out of me

    by allykatD

    I thought the movie was okay, but still it was creepy in parts. Salem's Lot was the scariest of King's books. That gaves me nightmares. Oh, and why is Harry dressed up in a bear costume and giving Vincent Price a knob job?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Ramones "Pet Cemetary" song to be covered by

    by donkingkong

    Black Eyed Peas. Pass

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    My Father did not read many novels...

    by Billyeveryteen

    But he started and loved Pet Semetary. Then King foreshadowed Gage's death... My Dad quit books altogether.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Forget Stephen King remakes... How about...

    by Mantula

    "Bag of Bones" -- I remember liking that book! Why don't they try making that book before going back to re-make the old ones?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    BAG OF BONES

    by benmears

    is already set for a television mini-series to be directed by King's good buddy Mick Garris.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    This new cycle of King remakes

    by benmears

    is to be expected. After all, many of them are already a good two decades old now. So... Besides, I'm actually eager to see new takes on the material. It's not as if Mary Lambert's adaption of SEMATERY is some sort of a classic that can't be touched. I mean, it had it's moments, but it was deeply flawed in many respects. So, by all mens, let's see what a new director can do. Same thing with IT. It's really remembered positively for one thing & one thing only, Tim Curry's iconic performance as Pennywise. Other than that it was pretty much shit IMO. Just a bunch of aging sitcom & television drama stars going through the motions for four hours. And while the novel was chock full of monsters, all we got was about one minute of a bad teenage werewolf replica. C'MON! I mean, other than Curry, the scariest thing about the 1990 mini-series was "John Boy's" faux ponytail!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I'm no King expert, so someone correct me if need be;

    by BanditDarville

    but I always thought that Maximum Overdrive was not an adaptation of a King novel as folks on here are considering it, but an original screenplay written for the screen and directed by King himself. I know he filmed most of it in Wilmington, N.C. back when Old Man DeLaurentis had his big studio there. Whatever it is, it is so bad it becomes a bizarre concoction, and the AC/DC soundtrack is the sweetener that makes it drinkable.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite

    by Bobo_Vision

    Yeah, you should upload the audio interview with Johnny onto Youtube. It's a shame, they're more popular dead than alive. <p> There used to be a great audio interview on Youtube (which has since been removed) where Marky was on the Howard Stern show and he was bad-mouthing Joey after the band had broken up about how Joey had mental illness. Then Joey calls up the show, and the two of them went at it taking jabs at each other...not yelling or anything, but insulting each other. But Joey was laughing, and you got to see how funny Joey was...but Marky wasn't and was clearly in the wrong. <p> At one point, Joey mentioned how Marky was bald and wears a wig. Marky denied it and said Joey was bald (which of course he wasn't), so Joey suggested they should both come on Howard's show and have Howard tug on their hair to see who's bald. It was funny stuff. Marky came off as kind of a lowlife.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Oh wait, the interview has been re-uploaded

    by Bobo_Vision

    Here it is: <p> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkMj_h_WXzU

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Maximum Overdrive inspired by short story.

    by polisciguy83

    The story is called "Trucks" and appears in the "Night Shift" collection. It was also made into a tv movie in the late 1990 called "Trucks".

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Watch "End of the Century" for a good Ramones bio/documentary.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I didn't know much about the negative stuff going on in the band until near the end of their career; stuff like Johnny stealing Joey's girlfriend and the two not speaking for 20 years. Johnny did not visit Joey in the hospital or attend his funeral, supposedly, and Joey wrote "The KKK Took My Baby Away" based on Johnny. I somehow avoided all that negativity, and they didn't air their dirty laundry until after they retired. The documentary "End of the Century" is an honest look at the band. I do believe Marky was wearing a wig while playing drums with Jerry Only's Misfits. I heard it caught on fire once during a show.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Bring it on

    by Plathismo

    This is a good trend--remake bad films that had potential. The book deserves a better movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Ultratron

    by maxjohnson1971

    Well, I guess they could rework some stuff from the book, yeah. But even that ending could work. I mean, Killian IS in a TV studio and there ARE cameras watching as the plane comes in if I remember correctly. Where the book was just Richards doing his best to stay underground and having to send in his recordings, the movie made the game show to "game showey" I guess. Too cartoonish and silly. The book was dirty and gritty and even funny in a few spots. And man did it hit the reality TV craze spot on!! Talk about foreseeing the future. I've been wanting a proper Running Man movie for a long time. Maybe one day. Probably the day we get a faithful adaptation of Planet of the Apes though. That'll never happen.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Is Stephen dying or something?

    by jwhj2007

    Why the renewed interest in him? And why are they remaking perfectly good films instead of focusing on his work that hasn't been adapted yet? I want to see "Duma Key" and "Cell" and "Under the Dome." "Pet Semetary" is already great the way it is. Don't remake it.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Cell

    by maxjohnson1971

    I keep seeing that mentioned, but wasn't Eli Roth doing that?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Abel Ferrara?

    by RandolphDuke

    On his Webpage Abel mentioned he was set to direct the first time and something went down....but he claims he would love to get another and would direct the heck out it.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I remember this being a weird combination

    by Sepulchrave

    of effective horror and crap execution. Perhaps I saw the movie right after I read the book, which is a really repellent, skin-crawlingly nasty piece of work (i.e. very good) But the film was cast with nonentities (the family, particularly the father, who is such a key character) alongside really Fred Gwynne (really excellent - I can't think of anyone who could do it as well except maybe James Cromwell). The child was nasty as hell. Oh, I don't know what I'm trying to say. I think it's an unfilmable book: if it were accurate, it would be almost unwatchable, and would have to be a straight PG17 nightmare. Speaking of unfilmable, I'd like to see an R-rated, accurate TV version of IT by HBO, with the kid sex, but well, let's not kid ourselves, eh?

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    There are no 'classic' Stephen King movies

    by Sepulchrave

    except The Shining: it's the only one that has any real cinematic language, any visual poetry in it. The others are all just adaptations, ranging from the inept to the campy.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Stephen King on film

    by Sepulchrave

    Carrie: horribly dated and campy Christine: shite Maximum Overdrive: legendary crapola Salem's Lot: TV movie: pacing is leaden: we all remember the three good scenes but apart from those (and James Mason slumming) it's bog-standard. The Dead Zone: finally, a real director. Decent jobs from everyone. Misery: high camp, Kathy Bates a legend but my God, Bette Davies would be envious. Dolores Claiborne: underrated womens' movie with much to be said for it but not horror. The Mist: workmanlike and distinguished by excellent scene-chewery from Marcia Gay Harden. The Shawshank Redemption: I'll leave this alone: it's a fine melodrama and everyone loves it. The Green Mile: tries to recapture TSS magic, fails. Annoying 'magic negro'. Partly saved by horrific electric chair sequence. Fizzles out. IT: Tim Curry we love you but the rest of it is shite. Firestarter: Wha? The Tommyknockers: I can't quite... Children of the Corn: 2,3,4,5,6 Jesus make it stop... Needful Things... ... I just looked up a list of all the stuff by King that's been adapted for other media and I'm amazed the man doesn't own a US state of his own by now.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Some seem to forget...

    by eustisclay

    ...that they already remade 'Salem's Lot. Wasn't as good as the first one, though I did like Rutger Hauer. also loved some seies of King adaptations for tv. All I remember seeing was an adaptation of Battleground where William hurt has to fight a bunch of toy soldiers. Was pretty good.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    it's true..other than the shining, remake anything you want.

    by FleshMachine

    it one of the few instances where the film (kubricks) was way better than the book. different..but better.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    WRONG. Shawshank & Creepshow shouldnt be remade

    by vetepalapinga

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    That book scared the living crap out of me too.

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I was 17 or so. Terrifying book... especially if you were smart and you grew up in the country, something King understands and usually gets right. The movie got the details wrong somehow... it didn't get under my skin like brain-eating maggots, like the book did. The rot the book left inside my skull is still there. Uuuuugh! I'd welcome a really good new adaptation that capture's the book's irredeemable bleakness. It would have to make The Shining look like Mary Poppins to work.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Denise Crosby

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    The first movie was also a really terrible miscast of Denise Crosby, who deserved a better agent. Dexter proved she can still be a welcome guest star and character actress.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 5:46 a.m. CST

    I agree about the book, seven_of_borgnine...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...and others, who mentioned how it kind of infected your mind. I remember during the period I was reading that book, it was like a darkness surrounded me, but only when I was actually reading or thinking about the book. It was like the book itself, the pages, the very paper, were possessed by some dark spirit.

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