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Paramount may want Alexandre Aja for the Pet Sematary remake

08.02.2011

I guess they're still remaking PET SEMATARY.

What if I told you that Paramount was eyeing Alexandre Aja (PIRANHA 3D) to helm said remake? According to Twitch.com, the studio is "actively trying to sign him up".

The script for the remake is written by Matt Greenberg (1408, REIGN OF FIRE). Other than that, there are no other details on what they plan to modify or keep the same for this version.

There's a soft spot in my heart for the 1989 version with Miko Hughes as the creepy as Gage. Why would no one just kick him? He's like 2 feet tall. Lock him in the crawl space under the stairs or something.

While I'm open to a new version of the film, I'm wondering if Aja is the right choice. HIGH TENSION was pretty damn good and I thoroughly enjoyed the crap out of PIRANHA 3D. Why not hire him?

Source: Twitch

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2:08PM on 08/03/2011

absolutely

As an adult, I know the cheese factor of the 89 movie. Though, despite that it still scares me as much as it terrified me as a 13 year old. Also, I have never read a more horrifying book. I agree with the comment below about Zelda. She's the reason I can't watch the movie by myself, but the story needs her and Aja could really dig his teeth into this.
As an adult, I know the cheese factor of the 89 movie. Though, despite that it still scares me as much as it terrified me as a 13 year old. Also, I have never read a more horrifying book. I agree with the comment below about Zelda. She's the reason I can't watch the movie by myself, but the story needs her and Aja could really dig his teeth into this.
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12:00PM on 08/03/2011

Meh

One pretty decent original first film followed by three remakes. Bummer. He's supposedly being courted to direct the pilot of the Scanners TV show as well. While I like his style and I'd love to see what KNB would do with the make up & effects on Pet Sematary, I'd prefer to see him do something original.
One pretty decent original first film followed by three remakes. Bummer. He's supposedly being courted to direct the pilot of the Scanners TV show as well. While I like his style and I'd love to see what KNB would do with the make up & effects on Pet Sematary, I'd prefer to see him do something original.
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2:39AM on 08/03/2011
High Tension is a masterpiece and The Hills Have Eye's remake was was one of the better horror remakes I've seen in a long time. P 3D never happened as far as I'm concerned. If he goes back to his roots this could be really good.
High Tension is a masterpiece and The Hills Have Eye's remake was was one of the better horror remakes I've seen in a long time. P 3D never happened as far as I'm concerned. If he goes back to his roots this could be really good.
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11:11PM on 08/02/2011
My greatest concern with this is if they'll include Zelda.
I'm torn; on one hand, I want her in the film, as she's a disturbing, totally terrifying tool...but, for those same reasons, I almost don't want her included, haha (she's the sole reason I never re-watch the original).
My greatest concern with this is if they'll include Zelda.
I'm torn; on one hand, I want her in the film, as she's a disturbing, totally terrifying tool...but, for those same reasons, I almost don't want her included, haha (she's the sole reason I never re-watch the original).
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10:17PM on 08/02/2011
Sounds good to me.
Sounds good to me.
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10:16PM on 08/02/2011
While I enjoyed High Tension (obviously, just look at my avatar), it's dismaying to hear people call it "original." It's very clearly a rip off of Dean Koontz's novel Intensity (so much so that I'm surprised there was never any legal action taken against it).

Up until the last few minutes, the film's plot bears a striking resemblance to that of Dean Koontz's novel, which also deals with a young woman visiting the rural home of her friend's family, witnessing a brutal massacre in which all
While I enjoyed High Tension (obviously, just look at my avatar), it's dismaying to hear people call it "original." It's very clearly a rip off of Dean Koontz's novel Intensity (so much so that I'm surprised there was never any legal action taken against it).

Up until the last few minutes, the film's plot bears a striking resemblance to that of Dean Koontz's novel, which also deals with a young woman visiting the rural home of her friend's family, witnessing a brutal massacre in which all or most of the family members are killed, and then stowing away in the madman's vehicle (in the novel, a large motor home) in a futile attempt to rescue her friend. The novel also includes a scene where the heroine attempts to get help from the clerks at a gas station, only to witness their brutal murders as well (as in the film, the killer banters with the clerks, toying with them for several minutes before finally killing them), and a scene where the heroine uses a stolen vehicle to try and set a trap for the killer (in fact, it is specifically during the unfolding of this scene that the plot of the film starts to diverge from that of the novel). Really, the only difference between the two is the bizarre plot twist (hole) in the end of the movie. It's almost as if Aja felt he had to change something or risk getting sued.

I'd say Aja should focus on original material, but when he does we get films like "Mirrors", easily his weakest movie. So maybe he should stick to adapting material, he seems to have a knack for it.
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9:24PM on 08/02/2011
There is some awful over acting in the 89' version and while there are a few scares in it all in all it's a pretty shoddy movie..but if they want to make a decent remake they've picked the right guy to do it.
There is some awful over acting in the 89' version and while there are a few scares in it all in all it's a pretty shoddy movie..but if they want to make a decent remake they've picked the right guy to do it.
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7:38PM on 08/02/2011
Pet Sematary is a movie you can definitely remake. In fact I'd love it if there were more proper big screen adaptations of King horror novels. More movies like The Dead Zone and The Shining, fewer movies like Graveyard Shift and Silver Bullet.

While I'd love to see Aja deliver on original story like High Tension, I'd totally go see what he'd do with Stephen King source material.
Pet Sematary is a movie you can definitely remake. In fact I'd love it if there were more proper big screen adaptations of King horror novels. More movies like The Dead Zone and The Shining, fewer movies like Graveyard Shift and Silver Bullet.

While I'd love to see Aja deliver on original story like High Tension, I'd totally go see what he'd do with Stephen King source material.
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7:34PM on 08/02/2011
You know I really like this director, but I want to see him direct something original again. I do like almost all of the remakes he has made so far but I want a story where I do not know what is going to happen.
You know I really like this director, but I want to see him direct something original again. I do like almost all of the remakes he has made so far but I want a story where I do not know what is going to happen.
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7:25PM on 08/02/2011
If i were Jean Reno or Vincent Cassell i would smack in the face this frenchie crappy director! Stop remaking movies and go back to France!
If i were Jean Reno or Vincent Cassell i would smack in the face this frenchie crappy director! Stop remaking movies and go back to France!
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7:24PM on 08/02/2011
He's kind of the horror flick remake master at this point.
He's kind of the horror flick remake master at this point.
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