Stephen King must be pleased with the success of the recent film and TV adaptations of his material. The success of these adaptations like It and Castle Rock looks as though it will continue with a remake of a film based on one of Stephen King’s most celebrated novels; Pet Sematary. John Lithgow is part of the cast for this movie and, in a roundtable interview, he spoke in great detail about Pet Sematary.
John Lithgow said this on what convinced him to join Pet Sematary:
“Well, I was captivated by the story. I hadn’t read the book when it came to me, nor had I seen the movie. The closest I came to knowing about this was being an old friend of Fred Gwynn’s. He’s the only actor I’ve ever worked with on stage who was taller than me.”
“I read it and it scared the hell out of me. The first shocks on the page were the first shocks in the film, and they really shocked me. I thought it would be really fun to be in this. I knew Jason was in it, who I thought was terrific and terrific for it.”
“I love horror that is played for a completely authentic, human emotion and to me, because it’s a family story and everybody has a family, everybody connects with either a parent or child. It just seemed to have this emotional foundation to it that could really take people to a cathartic place.”
“The other thing is, I talked over the phone with these delightful guys and, they persuaded me […] We all talked for 40 minutes and there were a couple of things that troubled me about the script, and I ran through them and in every case, they had already spotted the same problem and had done something about it.”
“They said, ‘Oh, this is great. I can’t wait.’ […] They couldn’t wait or me to hear how they had addressed my questions, because they felt they had and I saw the script, and they had.”