Stephen King has provided a seal of approval on the upcoming Pet Sematary sequel, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.
The first adaptation of his novel Pet Sematary was released in 1989 and that spawned a sequel in 1992. A remake was produced in 2019 and was a financial success, earning $113 million at the box office on a budget of $21m.
A prequel was officially announced in February of 2021 that would focus on the character of Jud Crandall, played by John Lithgow in the previous movie.
The official premise for Bloodlines reads:
'In 1969, a young Jud Crandall dreams of escaping his hometown, until he discovers the malevolent secrets of what is buried in a cemetery. He confronts a haunting family legacy that forever connects him to the place and unites with his childhood friends as they face an ancient evil that has plagued Ludlow from its inception'
It stars Jackson White, Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Henry Thomas, Natalie Alyn Lind, Isabella Star LaBlanc, Samantha Mathis, Pam Grier and David Duchovny.
King, who is known to be a very harsh critic of adaptations of his work, has given Bloodlines a thumbs up.
"BLOODLINES: In the book, this is the story Jud Crandall tells Louis Creed to try and dissuade him from using the Pet Sematary. The screenplay takes a few liberties, but it's a fine story. David Duchovny is excellent. The secret, as always, is caring about the characters," King wrote on Twitter.
The author was referring to the first Pet Sematary novel, as Bloodlines is an entirely new story based on the world and characters he created.
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines trailer
2019 • 100 minutes
Pet Sematary II
1992 • 96 minutes
1989 • 103 minutes
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
Fantasy / Horror
2023 • 87 minutes