Alexandre Aja Being Pursued for Paramount's 'Pet Sematary' Remake?
Another day, another remake. We've known for a while that Paramount has been planning a new take on Stephen King's Pet Sematary, a remake or re-adaptation or whatever you want to call it. Our last update in February said it was definitely "coming together" and Paramount was looking at "high-level directors" for the gig. Well it sounds like they found one they want - Alexandre Aja, the French filmmaker most recently behind Piranha 3D. Twitch is reporting that Paramount is "actively trying to sign him up", so it sounds like he's being offered the job. But alas, that's all they mention, so barely another update on this project again.
The original Pet Sematary movie, directed by Mary Lambert and starring Fred Gwynne, told the story of a family that moves to rural Maine and discovers a pet cemetery nearby that lies on an ancient burial ground. Our guess, given the trends in Hollywood nowadays, is that this new take will stick to the original Stephen King novel and be a bit more gritty and edgy, as always. Aja is a good director, but his films have never been my favorites. He's also attached to make the sci-fi epic Cobra: The Space Pirate next, which even has promo art, but Twitch says since that's "not scheduled to shoot until 2013 there's no reason at all he couldn't fit [Pet Sematary] in first." We'll be waiting to hear if Aja takes it, or if Paramount looks for someone else.