Way back in 2011 we announced that Roy Lee was going to be rebooting ‘Poltergeist’. After that, it wasn’t until April of 2012 that we heard that Sam Raimi was going to be one of the producers on board to make that vision a reality. Since then we haven’t heard much about the movie and with no real information coming out in over a year, some may have thought that the project was scrapped.
Finally, progress is being made on the rumored ‘Poltergeist’ remake. With MGM and Fox 2000 officially co-financing and distributing the film, we’re finally getting some information on what we can expect when the movie comes out on the big screen. While a release date has not been announced quite yet, production of the film will be officially starting this coming Fall.
The filmmakers are billing this film as a “revisionist take on the classic horror film.” With Gil Kenan (‘City of Ember’, ‘Monster House’) directing and a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful’), they absolutely have a creative team putting the movie together who can both do original and beautiful takes on cinema.
Here’s the official description of their version of ‘Poltergeist’:
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
So it really sounds like they are taking the idea of the original film and putting it in a modern setting. At least hearing ‘suburban home’, my guess is that it’ll be in the suburbs of a major European or, more likely with whose making it, a US city. ‘Poltergeist’ is clearly a classic and one that could benefit from a modern perspective. My only hope is that they don’t try to shaky cam it via ‘Paranormal Activity’ as I think that would ruin the feel of the movie, though I don’t think with whose behind it that it’s something we’ll have to worry about.
It’s always good to be on the fence for horror movie remakes until, at the very least, we hear casting or preferably see a trailer, but with a good team like Kenan and Lindsay-Abaire , it could be fantastic.