For everyone except actual clowns just trying to make a living, It: Chapter One has been—and will likely continue to be—one fuck of a victory for Warner Bros. and creator Stephen King. Despite some well-publicized shakeups during the development process, director Andy Muschietti's adaptation of King's classic 1986 novel has won over fans and critics with its Stand by Me-esque approach to the relatable horrors of childhood trauma. Fittingly, Muschietti now has his eyes on another King classic.
Andy Muschietti and his sister/producer Barbara Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly Tuesday that, depending on where the rights to King's novel land, they’d be quite down for adapting King's 1983 novel Pet Sematary. "My affection for Pet Sematary will go on until I die," Andy said. "I will always dream about the possibility of making a movie." Previously, director Mary Lambert adapted Pet Sematary in 1989 from a screenplay by King. The film was a hit, spawning a sequel.
Barbara added that the book, which she considers King's "most personal" work, marked their introduction to the King universe years ago. "You can imagine his young family," she said. "What will you do to be able to keep your family? How far would you go?"
Of course, before we get a new (and presumably great) Pet Sematary, the Muschietti team will likely ink a deal for It: Chapter Two. Though no official announcement about the sequel has been released by Warner Bros., Chapter One's success makes the sequel pretty much a guarantee. In the meantime, the Muschietti duo have been tapped for a Hulu series adaptation of Locke & Key, the graphic novel penned by King's son Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (NOS4A2).
For more on Andy and Barbara Muschietti's creative approach to dominating film and TV, revisit our recent interview with the It champions right here.