Filming soon: The book Stephen King thought too scary to publish

Remember the tagline for Stephen King's Pet Sematary? It was: "Sometimes dead is better."

But as we're sure you know by now, as far as Hollywood in concerned, there's no such thing as dead.

That's why Matthew Greenberg, who already wrote the screenplay for one King adaptation, 1408, has been hired to write the script for a new version of the 1983 novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (The first adaptation, filmed in 1989, starred Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne.)

Pet Sematary is about a family that moves from the city to the Maine countryside only to discover they've ended up near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground, with the usual spooky disasters resulting. As we told you last Halloween, King himself once thought this novel too scary to publish.

In addition to 1408, Greenberg has been responsible for many other fantasy and horror scripts, including Reign of Fire, Halloween: H20 and Mimic.

So what do you think of another visit to the Pet Sematary? Will you go? Or, as the tagline said, is dead sometimes better?

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