After yesterdays plot details for Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist reboot were revealed exclusively by Bloody Disgusting, Moviehole now has further updates on the film which are very interesting.
Here is what BD said earlier:
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.
Now, Moviehole is reporting that the new film will indeed be a sequel, and will see a new family move in to the house that featured in the first film. According to the site, which says has inside information, there will be a number of reminders of the events from the first film still in the house. Here is what they reported:
Firstly, the Kenan-directed Raimi-produced reboot – much like the “Evil Dead” remake – exists in the same world as the previous “Poltergeist” films. So while it is a ‘reboot’ of the franchise, it’s also somewhat of a sequel – taking place years after the Freeling’s were ran out of town.
In one scene in the new film, the kids’ find some things behind the sliding panel in the attic. Yep, you guessed it – they find some of the Freeling’s possessions, intentionally left behind. There’s the Star Wars bed sheets (from Robbie’s room), a black-and-white TV set (why, of course!), and some Christmas decorations.
Although the new film may possess new characters and somewhat of a different storyline, all the “familiar beats” from the original “Poltergeist” films are in it. There’s the scary tree that proves a looming threat to our youngster (and gets pulled underground), the freaky ‘clown’ that sits upon a rocking chair in the bedroom (in this case, the clown sits in younger brother Griffin’s room), and of course there’s ‘phone’ trouble (in this case, older sister Kendra’s iPhone gets damaged by unseen forces), and of course the little girl – Madison – who makes friends with ‘The Lost People’ that nobody can see (but who don’t mind ‘showing off’ – making Madison’s hair stand up like she’s just been struck by electricity, being just one of their ‘tricks’).
So, like the recent Evil Dead film, Poltergeist will simply follow on from the first film, but will no doubt be very similar to its source material. I enjoyed Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead film immensely, and if they can pull off that sort of thing with this Poltergeist reboot then this just might be OK. My main concern though, is the director.
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.