Back in April it was confirmed that Sam Raimi would be producing MGM’s remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic supernatural tale, Poltergeist. It was also rumoured at that time that Raimi might also be directing the remake, but since then those rumours have all but disappeared, until now…
The writer of the remake is David Lindsay-Abaire, the man responsible for Rabbit Hole, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Rise of the Guardians. The premiere of Dreamworks Rise of the Guardians happened this week, and Lindsay-Abaire was on hand to speak with reporters, one of which worked for The Hollywood Reporter. The reporters name was Scott Feinberg, and he has reported that Lindsay-Abaire spoke briefly about the Poltergeist remake and told him that Sam Raimi was indeed directing it.
Now, no official word has come out, and no statement has been released to either confirm or deny this rumour, however Feinberg later spoke on Twitter to confirm: “Lindsay-Abaire told me that Raimi was directing it,” adding “I’m very confident that that’s what he said.”
That is all that has been said for now, but as I said no official word has been released so we will have to wait to see if this is indeed true. If it is true then this is great news for the remake. While it doesn’t exactly need a new version, if Raimi is directing then at least we have someone we can trust in charge. However, he is currently hard at work on his new film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and is also working on the Evil Dead remake’s publicity so the guy is very busy right now. If indeed he is planning to direct the Poltergeist remake, I would imagine it is a long way off yet.
The original 1982 film was directed by Tobe Hooper, with Steven Spielberg serving as writer and producer.
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.
(UPDATE: So it would appear that Raimi will not be directing the remake, but will only be producing. Seems like THR got the wrong end of the stick, and Poltergeist writer David Lindsay-Abaire tweeted THR writer Scott Feinberg the following:
Oh well, it was exciting while it lasted, but sadly it would appear that Raimi will not be directing after all)