Alexandre Aja in Talks to Direct PET SEMATARY Remake

     August 2, 2011


After his 2003 film High Tension and its ridiculously terrible ending, director Alexandre Aja has found success in directing remakes of the horror flicks The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha and now he may be lining up to direct another.  Twitch reports that Aja is in talks to direct a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary.  The book was adapted by Mary Lambert in 1989 and centers on a grief-stricken father who decided to bring the family’s dead son back to life by burying him in a haunted cemetery. They then learn that “sometimes dead is better”.  I’ve included a synopsis of the book after the jump along with the trailer for the 1989 film.

Aja is also set to direct an adaptation of the space opera manga Cobra: The Space Pirate.  However, since that project is still trying to find financing and likely wouldn’t go in front of cameras until 2013. There’s time for Aja to do Pet Sematary in between and if it’s a hit, it could help garner the cash he needs to move forward on Cobra.

Here’s the synopsis for Stephen King’s Pet Semetary:


“Sometimes dead is better….”

When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.

But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

And here’s the trailer for the 1989 adaptation:


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