Wednesday, June 26, 2013

'Poltergeist' remake to begin production this fall

After years of speculation, a remake of Tobe Hoopers 1982 classic, Poltergeist, is getting remade.

Announced on Thursday, Entertainment Weekly reports that MGM and Fox 2000 Studios are teaming up to modernized the story. The film will have Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director's chair, with David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) penning the script. Ghost House Pictures, the dynamic duo of Sam Raimi and Rob Tarpert, will be producing the film along with Roy Lee (The Strangers).

In an official statement, this 2.0 version of Poltergeist will follow a family that "relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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." This differs from previous reports that the new version would include a reality-TV show called Haunted House Cleaners.

With production to begin this fall for a 2014 release, it could still happen.

While the original film had it's flaws, it is highly regarded as one of the greatest horror films in recent history, by critics and fans alike. Will Sam Raimi be able to get die-hard fans of the original to go to the light or will they skip it completely?

-Nowal Massari