There are a number of rumours going around that Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) is set to direct MGM’s remake of the classic horror, Poltergeist. These rumours have spawned from a student who posted a blog after MGM CEO Roger Birnbaum did a talk at the University of Denver. Raimi will be involved in the remake, however it has today been confirmed that he won’t be directing.
Instead, Raimi will be on hand to produce the remake, and he will also take part in the hunt for a director. Also producing the remake are Nathan Kahane (Drag Me To Hell), Roy Lee (The Grudge) and Robert Tapert (The Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell). David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, OZ: The Great and Powerful) is working on a script for the remake.
The original 1982 film was directed by Tobe Hooper, with Steven Spielberg serving as writer and producer.
Raimi is currently at work producing a remake of his own classic horror, The Evil Dead, which Fede Alvarez is directing.
Poltergeist is the second big horror remake on the cards for MGM, as they are also behind the Carrie remake, which is being directed by Kimberly Peirce and is starring Chloe Moretz in the role of Carrie.
Synopsis for the original Poltergeist:
A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
More as it develops.
By Matt Wavish