Jason Clarke in Talks to Lead New Adaptation of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary'

Paramount's new take on King's 1983 horror novel has 'Starry Eyes' helmers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch on board as directors.

AceShowbiz - Jason Clarke is heading to "Pet Sematary". The "Terminator Genisys" actor is in negotiations to star in Paramount's new adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel of the same title, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

First published in 1983, "Pet Sematary" tells a story of a doctor, Louis Creed, who moves his family out of the big city to a small town of Ludlow. There he discovers that their new house is located right next door to a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground, where the dead tend not to stay dead. When his toddler son Gage is killed in an auto accident, he takes the boy's body to the cemetery, where it is resurrected in demonic form.

Clarke is eying the role of the doctor, which was played by Dale Midkiff in the 1989 movie which was directed by Mary Lambert. It also starred Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby and Miko Hughes. The sequel, "Pet Sematary Two", was released in 1992.

Jeff Buhler is writing the script, while Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, who co-directed the 2014 fantasy horror feature "Starry Eyes", are set to direct the new adaptation. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider will serve as producers.

Clarke is best known for his roles in Kathryn Bigelow's awards-winning movie "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012) and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014). He portrayed John Connor in 2015's "Terminator Genisys" and stars in "Chappaquiddick", which is now playing in U.S. theaters.

The 48-year-old Australian actor also lands roles in Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man", "Aftermath" and "Serenity" which are all currently in post-production and slated to be released within this year.

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