Poltergeist Remake Gets Backing From MGM And Fox
Perhaps you thought the Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert-produced Poltergeist remake had fallen through, as no real news about the project has come out in a while. It turns out you'd be wrong.
Deadline reports that MGM is hooking up with Fox 2000 to co-finance and distribute the film. Monster House's Gil Kenan will direct David Lindsay-Abaire's script.
Here's a snopsys which gives you an idea of what kind of Poltergeist film they're going for:
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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.
Maybe that doesn't sound so bad. The financial wrinkle at least makes it different enough that it can forge its own identity rather than just offer a retread of the original. That doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be good, but it at least gives it a chance.
Poltergeist is set to begin shooting this Fall, so it's coming whether you like it or not.