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Poltergeist Remake – News Roundup


It’s been just over 30 years years since Tobe Hooper’s classic was released and now there’s finally a Poltergeist remake on the way. But what can we expect?

The critically-acclaimed 1982 film was co-written, produced, and some say directed by, Steven Spielberg, but he has no involvement this time round. The remake was first announced by MGM back in 2008 only to be put on hold due to the company’s financial problems. That was until earlier this year when MGM, Sony and Ghost House revealed they would be co-financing the project.

Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). Rosemarie DeWitt (The Watch) will be taking the lead female role, while Sam Rockwell is said to be in negotiations to star as the father, this time called Eric Bowen.

The film is being touted as a “revisionist” version of the classic and will reportedly follow the Bowen family as they relocate to a new town, where daughter Madison is abducted under supernatural circumstances. One new supporting character is said to be television personality Carrigan Burke, who hosts a show called “Haunted House Cleaners.” He has an ex-wife called Dr. Powell, a parapsychologist who’s brought in to investigate the truth behind Madison’s abduction.

While it doesn’t sound too dissimilar to the original, another report points to the film being a sequel of sorts that will play out in the same universe, set some time after the Freeling family left town. One scene is said to have the new children finding some of the Freelings’ old possessions, including the black and white television, Robbie’s Star Wars bed sheets and some Christmas decorations. Given the fate of the Freelings’ home at the end of the original film, the Bowen family will presumably stumble upon these in a different house.

Other familiar aspects said to be returning include: Madison connecting with the spiritual beings, the scary tree, and the clown on the rocking chair, which will sit in the younger brother’s room this time.

Filming is said to start in Toronto, Canada this September. No release date for the Poltergeist remake has been announced yet, but it has 2014 in its sights.

What would you like to see in the Poltergeist remake? Something in the same style as the original, or updated? What do you think of the ideas so far? Is it good casting? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Bloody Disgusting, ComingSoon

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    I think it would be very easy for the remake to become something quite generic. It’s already so close to the ‘family move into a big house in a new area, where their child starts to see a spirit’ which are ten a penny these days. Anything they can do to move it away from that while staying true to the original is the way to go.

    The director of Monster House and City Of Ember, hard to know what he’ll do with it. Both are slightly scary kids movies. He’ll need to kick it up a notch.

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  • Tearsa D. White said

    While I would be interested in the remake, it would be hard to top the original. The original was so far beyond its years. The effects were outstanding and there were some true scary moments ie. the clown, the tree and the swimming pool in the storm.

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  • ant said

    I think they should not even think of remaking this film. It is a classic film and nothing can touch this. And what makes it sad is that Heather O Rouke is no longer with us. She died at a very young age. Whats happening here have people forget there own ideas and have to start remaking films. I think its really stupid. look at the remake of CARRIE AND ROBOCOP total shite. Maybe try remaking Tintorera or Baracudda something no one has heard of and turn them into hits.Rant over.

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