Bloody Disgusting have exclusively revealed the first plot details for director Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist remake. The website said they got inside information on how the new film’s story will unfold, here you go:
The new version follows Eric Bowen and his family who, after he loses his job, relocate to a new town to start anew. His daughter, Madison, is abducted, making him truly understand what’s important in life: family. In the new version, Eric’s wife, Amy, can communicate with the dead.
Another interesting new character is Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts “Haunted House Cleaners.”? The supernatural doesn’t scare this guy. Dr. Brooke Powell is Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university. Her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl.
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.
The film will be produced by Sam Raimi, Roy Lee (The Woman in Black, The Strangers, Quarantine) and Nathan Kahane (Evil Dead, The Possession). Shooting is expected to begin in September.