'80s Remake Row: Police Academy and Pet Sematary

3-D isn’t the only thing moviegoers have to be concerned about when it comes to going to the theater. They also have to be on the lookout for the revival of TV and movie properties from the ’80s. In the next few months we’ll get The Karate Kid, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Red Dawn. Also in the works is 21 Jump Street, Short Circuit and RoboCop.

Now, thanks to THR’s Heat Vision we now know that New Line is working on a new Police Academy comedy with original producer Paul Maslansky, and Paramount and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura have just hired writer Matthew Greenberg (1408) for their remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.

The Police Academy announcement is a formality on New Line’s part about the project’s development. Currently, the film has no writer, director, or cast attached. As to what fans of the original series of films can expect, Maslansky said “it’s going to be a new class. We hope to discover new talent and season it with great comedians. It’ll be anything but another movie with a numeral next to it. And we’ll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme.”

Meanwhile, Pet Sematary has been in the working stages for a while, even attracting the likes of George Clooney at one point. Originally released in 1989, the film centers on a family that trades the big city in for the country life. The property is located near a pet cemetery built atop an ancient burial ground. Probably what people remember most about this film is Miko Hughes who is resurrected after being killed in an auto accident. The kid was just four years old but he was super creepy. (A year later he would be explaining to Arnold Schwarzenegger what boys have and what girls have in Kindergarten Cop).

The Pulse: And so the movie remakes of the ’80s continue to grow. I guess this was to be expected, but it’s just weird seeing movies I grew up being remade for a whole new audience. But were either of these movies that popular enough to even deserves remakes? While it would be interesting to see who will comprise the cast list of Police Academy – hopefully relative unknowns – I’m not sure the horror depicted in Pet Sematary would translate well with today’s horror audiences. What do you guys think?

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