The Maine Coon cat Leo, which terrified us in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer's remake of Stephen King's film, is no longer with us.
Whether you are a fan of Pet Sematary's remake or not, if there's something we all agreed on was that the new Church was creepy in the movie and totally adorable off the screen. The Maine Coon cat named Leo won hearts worldwide and became an Instagram star with thousands of followers.
Sadly, we have now learned that Leo is no longer with us and has passed away. Kirk Jarrett, his owner, and trainer broke the sad news on Leo's page 'Church_aka_Leo' by sharing a picture of the beloved cat along with a heartfelt eulogy.
“It is with great sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away. He will forever be missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright," read the message which followed a rain of sad goodbyes by Leo's fans. I am heartbroken with you. He was breathtakingly beautiful and will be missed. Take comfort in knowing he will live on forever on the silver screen, commented a person. I'm so incredibly sorry. Definitely gone too soon. I can only hope, in the end, he was at peace. He was the absolute highlight of Pet Semetary, added another. The cause of Leo's death is currently unknown.
According to BloodyDisgusting, a total of four Maine Coon cats were behind Church of new Pet Sematary and Leo was responsible for the primary role. Kirk, who trained Leo for the film, adopted him after the movie wrapped up and created his IG account.
In an interview before the movie's release, Kirk talked about Leo saying, "Leo is a confident sit-stay cat. His role is as the undead Church; that was his whole purpose, to be the poster child. The cat you see all across the different platforms, and in the trailer, almost any time he’s in in the undead makeup—that was Leo.” Rest in peace, Leo. You were LOVED.
Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, written by Jeff Buhler, Pet Sematary may have received mixed reviews from the fans, but the critics absolutely loved it. Also, there's no denying that the movie performed fairly at the box office and cashed in over $112.2 million across the globe.
Following the movie's success, the Pet Sematary team is now gearing up for another movie, only this time it will be a prequel.
In an interview with ComicBook, screenwriter Jeff Buhler has teased the upcoming plans for the King classic of dead coming to life. According to him, the story of the Creeds is done for and everybody has seen it. Instead of dragging it, they are discussing about a prequel to the movie which will explore the town's mysterious mythology and take us all back to when it all started.
"We had discussions about possible follow-up films, and … everybody feels like we've told the story of the Creeds," Jeff said. In the movie, the Creed's pet cat Church dies, Dr. Louis buries him in the Pet Sematary and he comes back to life with something different about him.
He also added that they have “been batting around currently…digging into the mythology of the town, these rituals that children present, the mythology of the Micmac, the Wendigo, the cemetery, the origins, Jud's life" to put up a story together for a prequel and the idea honestly sounds good! Let's hope they do it justice.