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Disney Eyes Director for Live-Action ‘Sword in the Stone’ Remake

Disney is in talks with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm its live-action reimagining of the 1963 animated movie “The Sword in the Stone.”

Fresnadillo, a native of Spain, directed 2002’s “Intacto” as his first full-length feature, followed by the 2006 zombie thriller “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later.” He also directed the 2011 horror movie “Intruders,” starring Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl.

The Sword in the Stone” has been in development at Disney since 2015 when “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman was attached to write the script with Brigham Taylor producing. Louie Provost is overseeing “The Sword in the Stone” for the studio.

The original movie was based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, in which a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur became king after removing a sword from an anvil in London. It was a box office success with $22 million on a $3 million budget. It was also
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Stephen King Says Almost All His Stories Are Being Adapted Right Now

Not only is Stephen King one of the most recognizable names in literature, but he’s also one of the most adapted writers ever to put pen to paper. With over 240 writing credits to his name, filmmakers and showrunners return to his work time and again in an attempt to deliver new takes on classic tales of drama and horror.

While his work remains popular, the name of Stephen King is not always a guarantee of quality when it comes to movies and television. Screenwriters and directors have often taken his source material and delivered interpretations that have been decidedly below par – for example, 2003’s Dreamcatcher, or 1993’s The Tommyknockers. Ultimately, however, these unfortunate attempts only serve to make the successful projects, like It, all the more impressive.

Speaking of which, after seeing how well Pennywise performed at the box office, it sounds like everyone wants to get in on the fun.
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Pet Sematary remake unearths a 2019 release date!

  • JoBlo
So it seems after the runaway success of It, we're going to be seeing more remakes of Stephen King's other films. The next one up on the block is Pet Sematary. The film has been given a April 19, 2019, just in time for Easter. Fun for the whole family! Now I've said before that I don't have a problem with remakes in general. Many times they are unnecessary or awful, but there are of course many gems... Read More...
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Pet Sematary Remake Digs Up 2019 Release Date

Pet Sematary Remake Digs Up 2019 Release Date
The Pet Sematary remake is officially happening and Paramount Pictures has locked down a release date. The studio has officially dated the upcoming re-adaptation of Stephen King's 1983 novel for April 19, 2019. That means this will be the major studio release coming out on Easter weekend that year, which should be fun for horror fans. Especially in regards to the subject matter about resurrection, which ties in nicely to to the holiday. Not so much for those looking for a family-friendly affair, though. Open Road's Playmobil is also coming out that weekend.

There have been rumors of a Pet Sematary remake brewing for quite some time. But with the success of director Andy Muschietti's It this year, studios have been keen to get in on the Stephen King action while the getting is good. Not only did It go on to become the highest-grossing horror movie ever, with $694 million worldwide,
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Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Rising From the Grave in 2019

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Rising From the Grave in 2019
We’ve been hearing about a new adaptation of Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary for years now as directors have come and gone. All it took to give it some momentum was another King adaptation becoming an unlikely box office juggernaut. In all official statements, Paramount setting a release date for the new Pet Sematary surely has […]

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Paramount Announces Release Date For Pet Sematary Remake

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary has been chosen for another new adaptation as the author’s popularity in the eyes of moviegoers continues to skyrocket. This time, the story will be brought to life by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the minds behind Starry Eyes, and according to Deadline, Paramount has the film locked in for an April 19, 2019 release.

For those unfamiliar with Pet Sematary, the story follows the Creed family as they move to a small town in the Northeast which borders a cemetery enabling the buried to return. Head of the family, Louis Creed thinks it’s far better to bring his loved ones back from the dead as murderous simulacra than let them rest in peace – but don’t worry, there’s plenty of interfering supporting characters to impart wisdom.

Pet Sematary was a truly captivating read when I first opened the novel years ago, so getting
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New Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary Slated for April 19th, 2019 Release

  • DailyDead
Readers first learned that "sometimes dead is better" when Stephen King's Pet Sematary was published in 1983, and they'll soon learn that morbid lesson again with Paramount Pictures' new adaptation of the heart-wrenching horror novel, which has received a 2019 theatrical release date.

Multiple sources, including Variety, report that the new Pet Sematary movie is slated for an April 19th, 2019 theatrical release from Paramount.

Variety previously revealed that Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the filmmakers behind 2014's Starry Eyes, have been set by Paramount to direct a new take on King's classic 1983 novel about life, death, and the boundary between the two that should never be broken.

Kolsch and Widmyer, who have also directed several key episodes of MTV's Scream TV series, will work from a screenplay by David Kajganich (writer of the upcoming Suspiria remake and 2007's The Invasion) and Matt Greenberg, who has writing credits on other King adaptations such as 1408 and Mercy.
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Paramount Bringing ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake to Life in 2019

Paramount Bringing ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake to Life in 2019
Paramount has set an April 19, 2019, release date for “Pet Sematary,” its remake of the 1989 horror movie, based on the 1983 Stephen King novel.

Variety first reported in October that “Starry Eyes” helmers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer had been tapped to direct the project. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing the remake with Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich writing the script, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing.

The original “Pet Sematary,” directed by Mary Lambert from a script by King, followed the unraveling of a family after moving into a new home in Maine next to a pet cemetery that contained the power to allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead. The original grossed $57 million on an $11 million budget. “Pet Sematary Two,” starring Anthony Edwards, grossed $17 million in 1992.

Pet Sematary” is the first title to be dated for April 19, 2019.

Paramount also set a Feb. 15, 2019, opening for the comedy “Instant Family,
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Paramount Sets Release Date for ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

Paramount Sets Release Date for ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake
Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the writing/directing duo behind Starry Eyes, have been tasked with bringing Pet Sematary back to the screen, and we now have a date! Paramount announced tonight that it will release Widmyer and Kolsch’s new take on Stephen King’s Pet Sematary on April 19, 2019. Jeff Buhler adapted King’s novel. In Pet Sematary, published in 1983… “Louis […]
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Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today

Alexander Payne on Tackling His Biggest Themes in ‘Downsizing’ and Why We ‘Need’ Horror Movies Today
Alexander Payne recently had a business lunch with Jason Blum.

It may seem like an odd pairing. Payne is an Oscar-winning auteur known for such salt-of-the-earth comedies as “About Schmidt” and “Nebraska,” films where moments of levity emerge from a kind of hardscrabble realism. Blum, the hugely successful producer behind “The Purge” and “Insidious,” is a mogul of the macabre. But Payne, after seven movies that largely center on middle-aged schnooks, says he’s done with dramatizing the foibles of the pocket-protector set. He’s ready to shake things up.

“I want to do something different,” Payne tells Variety during a recent interview at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters. “How fun would it be to do a horror movie? They’re all the rage right now, and they make a lot of money.”

Before Payne can team up with Blum, however, he’s got a film to release. That’s why he’s flown to New York
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Justice League, Batman's Knightmare & the future of the Dceu

Mark Harrison Nov 21, 2017

A spoiler-y look at Batman Vs Superman, Justice League, and Batman's 'Knightmare'...

This article contains spoilers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Justice League.

One of the most surreal and oft-discussed scenes in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes around an hour into the film, when Bruce Wayne nods off at his desk in the Batcave. The five minute sequence that follows, dubbed 'the Knightmare' (but not the Citv gameshow), is the sum of all Bruce's fears about Superman, showing a dystopian future that could have foreshadowed the future of the DC cinematic universe.

However, these plans have been significantly changed over the course of the 20 months between the release of Batman V Superman and its follow-up, Justice League, by a combination of the vitriolic reception of the former, a frantic course correction on the latter and the real life
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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a […]

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Justice League review

Is Justice League the superhero event of 2017? No. Sadly, it isn’t.

Nb: The following contains a spoiler for Batman V Superman if you haven’t seen it yet.

Politicians mope behind their desks. Flags fly at half mast. A group of thugs upset a table of fruit and veg outside a supermarket. A homeless guy sits on a city pavement, gazes forlornly at the sky while clutching a sign that says, “I tried.” Yes, things have started looking pretty bleak since the end of Batman V Superman, and with its beacon of hope gone, humanity has drifted into a gloomy funk.

To make matters worse, there’s another alien threat on the horizon: the gigantic, horned despot Steppenwolf, who plans to unite three ancient Loot Boxes and unleash a devastating attack on the world. Those boxes don’t contain power, as Wonder Woman portentously explains - they are power.
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie in development with It screenwriter

One of the screenwriters for It is working on bringing Are You Afraid of the Dark to the big screen.

Paramount Players, a new division at Paramount Pictures led by Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins, is developing what will be an adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon 90s show Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

The original show was an anthology series created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel. The premise involved a group of kids that called themselves the Midnight Society, who told each other horror stories based on fairytales and urban legends but with a modern twist.

This feature film adaptation will be written by It screenwriter Gary Dauberman. It was a huge success upon its debut in September, and Dauberman will be returning for the film’s sequel.

Dauberman is at this point pretty familiar with the horror genre, having recently also penned the script for Annabelle: Creation, and
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Paramount to Release India’s ‘Padmavati’ From December

Paramount to Release India’s ‘Padmavati’ From December
Paramount Pictures is to handle the worldwide release outside India of “Padmavati,” an Indian epic from sister company Viacom18. The picture will be given a worldwide day and date release from Dec. 1.

The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and features Deepika Padukone, one of India’s top female stars and co-star in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Previously made by Bhansali as an opera that was performed in Italy, the film is a story of a courageous and intelligent queen, her warrior king husband and an obsessive invader. Shahid Kapoor stars as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

“This is a first ever such collaboration with Paramount Pictures releasing a Viacom18 Hindi feature across international markets. We are breaking new ground with ‘Padmavati,’ its marketing and release strategy. With Paramount coming on board, we will take the film to a whole new level globally,” said [link=nm
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‘Starry Eyes’ Duo To Direct New Version Of Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’

Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the writing and directing team behind the 2014 hit horror Starry Eyes, have been hired to bring a new version of Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary to the big screen.

The news comes via Deadline who say that the new version will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider.

Here’s the plot from the source material, a book that Stephen King calls his scariest.

Related: Starry Eyes interview: Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch

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 car. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth more terrifying than death itself-and hideously more powerful. The Creeds are
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'Pet Sematary' Remake Digs 'Starry Eyes' Directors; Here's Everything We Know

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Paramount Pictures has been developing a remake of Pet Sematary since 2011, but the massive success of It last month has Hollywood scrambling to catch the heat of Stephen King mania. The favor for the author's work has already continued into Netflix's Gerald's Game and 1922. Now we're looking at a new adaptation of Pet Sematary moving forward with Variety reporting the hire of directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. Here's everything you need to know: Who are Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer? The duo wrote and directed the 2014 Hollywood-set horror movie Starry Eyes, which was partially funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Since helming that breakout feature, they've...

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Stephen King’s Pet Sematary remake finds its directors

Paramount has found the directors for its adaptation of Pet Sematary.

The Stephen King novel has been adapted before in 1989 for a feature film directed by Mary Lambert. But now Paramount is eyeing a new cinematic version of King’s creepy story.

Paramount have been on the lookout for directors and have now landed on Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the two men behind indie horror flick Starry Eyes.

Pet Sematary follows a family who move to a new home in Maine next to a cemetery that is able to bring the creatures buried there back to life.

The original movie was made for a budget of $11 million, bringing in $57 million at the box office. The success of the film led to a sequel starring Edward Furlong.

See Also: Exclusive Interview: Castle Rock cast and creators talk about new Stephen King series

The recent success of Stephen King’s It
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Hold Your Cat Close, Because a Remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary Is on the Way

Just in time for us all to relearn how to properly spell Pet Sematary, another onscreen adaptation of the Stephen King classic has been given the green light. Variety reports Paramount is moving forward with a reboot of the 1989 film (based on King's 1983 horror novel) with directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer at the helm. The duo previously directed the gory, moody indie horror movie Starry Eyes in 2014, so capturing the relentlessly creepy vibe of Pet Sematary should be right up their alley. The story follows a family who moves into a new home that just so happens to be next to a small cemetery for pets, which allows the creatures buried there to come back from the dead. When tragedy strikes, the family pushes the powers of the cemetery to its extreme. After the raging success of It early this Fall, we have high hopes for Hollywood's next stab
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Movie Talk: Did Ron Howard Reshoot Almost All of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Tuesday October 31st, 2017) Mark Ellis, Clarke Wolfe, Jon Schnepp and Ashley Mova discuss the following: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) tapped by Paramount to direct Pet Sematary remake. James Gunn asks Marvel and DC Fans to try and get along Ron Howard reportedly reshot almost all of Solo: A Star Wars Story Opening This Week – Thor: Ragnarok Lupita Nyong’o & Josh Gad board zombie comedy Little Monsters Anna Kendrick posts first look as Santa Claus’ daughter in newly retitled Noelle Mail Bag Live Twitter Questions [caption id="attachment_637046" …
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