Last October is was thought that Sam Raimi just might be the man to direct the unnecessary remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic horror, Poltergeist. Then, quickly after those rumours started they were shot down, and it was said that Raimi was not directing, but producing. That is still the case, but finally a director has been announced to helm the remake.
Deadline reports that Gil Kenan has been hired by MGM to direct the remake. Kenan has only directed two other films, and both of them were family films which is not exactly promising. Monster House (2006) and the largely ignored City of Ember (2008) are his two previous films, so my guess is MGM are looking to make Poltergeist even more family friendly than the first film. However, a large collection of horror writers might suggest otherwise.
Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Juliet Snowden (The Possession), Stiles White (The Boogeyman) and Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) have all contributed their writing talents to the remake. David Linsay-Abaire (Rise of the Guardians, Rabbit Hole, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Robots) wrote the most recent draft of the film, and clearly he is who is covering the more family friendly aspect of the story.
No other details are known at this pint, other than the film will be produced by Sam Raimi, Roy Lee (The Woman in Black, The Strangers, Quarantine) and Nathan Kahane (Evil Dead, The Possession).
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.