Co-writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer addresses the chances of a Pet Sematary: Bloodlines 2 and future expansions of Stephen King’s iconic novel.
- Pet Sematary: Bloodlines co-writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer expresses an interest in expanding the franchise with a potential sequel and delving deeper into Stephen King’s horror story.
- Beer mentions the possibility of exploring the origin and backstory of the evil in the Pet Sematary universe, suggesting that there is room for multiple movies with extensive origin stories.
- The future of the franchise will depend on the performance of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, which is a streaming release. While early reviews have been mixed, King himself approved of the movie and praised it as a “fine story.”
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Pet Sematary: Bloodlines co-writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer addresses the movie’s potential sequel and future, expressing a desire to delve deeper into Stephen King’s horror story. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premieres on Paramount+ on October 6 and serves as a prequel to both the 2019 adaptation and King’s novel. The prequel follows Jud Crandall (Jackson White) as a young man and how he became tied to the small town of Ludlow and the evil in its pet cemetery. Its exploration of Jud’s past takes viewers into new territory, as King’s book and the 2019 movie only briefly touched on Crandall’s past.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Beer opened up about the future of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines. She expressed an interest in expanding the series further, perhaps with a sequel, pointing out that there are many unanswered questions about the backstory of Pet Sematary, namely where the evil comes from and when the phenomenon started. Check out her statement below:
You could do so many movies within the Pet Sematary universe that peel back the onion more and show more and more of what this evil really is, and really comes from, but I certainly have lots of versions of a very extensive origin story in my head.
Can Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Revitalize The Movie Franchise?
While Beer is interested in expanding the Pet Sematary franchise further, it remains to be seen if this will come to fruition. A significant deciding factor in whether the series continues will be how Pet Sematary: Bloodlines performs upon its release. It is a streaming release, though, so its performance will be a little harder to measure without box office numbers. Still, a King-inspired horror movie right in time for Halloween could draw in some strong viewership.
While it is awaiting its streaming release, the movie first premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 23, and some early reviews have started rolling in, with its current Rotten Tomatoes score sits at 23%. The score may change as further reviews arrive, and the audience score could be very different. However, the current score is considerably lower than both the 1989 and 2019 Pet Sematary adaptations’ mixed receptions. At the same time, King, who has been open about his approval or disapproval of his adaptations, approved of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, noting some creative liberties were taken, but ultimately praising it as a “fine story.”
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Hence, though some reviewers criticized the creative liberties, others may look at it from a different perspective. The biggest criticism was that the prequel felt unnecessary and didn’t go deep enough into the story’s mythology. Beer mentioned not wanting to go too deep in the movie to save some story for the future, but that could have been a mistake if the prequel doesn’t hold enough answers to really warrant its development. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines might have taken too many risks in expanding the story beyond King’s work, but it remains to be seen if it holds enough impact to make Beer’s vision for the franchise’s future a reality.
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- Pet Sematary: Bloodlines Release Date: 2023-10-06