The project was first announced back in 2004, when Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (Face / Off) were attached to write the script. It never got off the ground, resurfacing again in 2011 with a new script from Matt Greenberg. The latest version of the screenplay was co-written by Matt Greenberg and David Kajganich. No story details were released.
The original 1989 horror classic, based on Stephen King's novel, follows a family who moves in next to a cemetery, which they discover has amazing and sinister powers. Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne and Denise Crosby starred in the thriller, which earned $57 million from an $11 million budget. The thriller spawned the 1992 sequel Pet Sematary II, which starred Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards.