We already knew that the ‘Poltergeist‘ reboot was going to be shown in 3D, but now we know that it will be released on July 24th, 2015 and that it already has a PG-13 rating. While many may think it would be a bit early to have a rating already with how Hollywood tends to be, chances are they were originally eyeing a Fall/Winter 2014 release for the film but with how many movies are already on the schedule it must have made more sense to push it back.
The film earned its PG-13 due to “intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.” We can all hope it is that first part that gave it most of the rating as the rest doesn’t need to carry much weight for the film to work.
Often pushing back a film could mean a delay in filming or that a studio isn’t sure how it will do at the box office in its original release date, but pushing it into the competitive summer season shows that the studio has a lot of faith in the film. With a PG-13 take on ‘Poltergeist’ that includes Gil Kenan (‘Monster House’,’City of Ember’) directing and Sam Raimi producing, that isn’t too much of a surprise. Especially when the cast includes Sam Rockwell (‘Moon’,’The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’). The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt (‘The Watch’,’Cinderella Man’), Jared Harris (‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’,’The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones‘), Saxon Sharbino (“I Spit on Your Grave’,’Touch’), and Jane Adams (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’,’The Wackness’).
What is interesting is the change to the film. Jared Harris is playing a character on a TV show called “Haunted House Cleaners” and ends up investigating the house that our poor family is in. So instead of a group of parapsychologists like in the original, we’re getting someone who probably runs a fake haunting TV show that has no idea what to do when he comes up against the real thing. That’s my guess at least.
Are you excited for ‘Poltergeist’ getting a remake? Do you think the slight change in premise will help or hinder the film when it is released next year?
Synopsis: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
Source: Slash Film