Lindsey Beer To Write & Direct ‘Pet Sematary’ Sequel | Film News


Lindsey Beer, currently one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood, is set to make her directorial debut with the Pet Sematary sequel. Much like how the original 1989 film was followed with a female-directed sequel, helmed by Mary Lambert, studio executives reportedly deemed it important to choose a female filmmaker for the follow-up to the 2019 film.


Beer has also written the latest version of the script, based on a draft by Jeff Buhler. She’s an incredibly proficient screenwriter currently involved in writing eight projects, which include F. Gary Gray‘s M.A.S.K., and an adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss‘ fantasy epic, The Kingkiller Chronicle.


As usual with these announcements, plot details are under wraps. King himself has called Pet Sematary his scariest novel, which tells the story of Louis Creed, a Chicago physician who accepts a job at a University in Maine and moves his family there. When tragedy strikes the family, he realises the cemetery in the woods behind his house may contain special powers to help him.


The 1992 sequel continued that narrative, with a new family moving into the area and hearing the same lore about the cemetery. Right now it’s unclear whether Beer’s sequel will take a similar approach. King never wrote a sequel himself, so that should allow for Beer to take her own approach and hopefully craft her own terrifying story.


It’s also unclear if any of the actors from the 2019 film – Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow – will reprise their roles. Is this a follow-up to their story, or more of a standalone anthology sequel like the 1992 one?


What we do know is that the sequel will not be released theatrically, but will instead debut exclusively on Paramount+. A release date has yet to be announced.



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