Put Sam Rockwell in a film, and you immediately make it more classy, and now it sounds like the talented actor may be bringing his skills to the Poltergeist reboot.
The Wrap is reporting that Rockwell is in early talks to star in Gil Kenan’s reboot, and that he has said he is intrigued by the prospect of a lead role in a studio movie produced by horror maestro Sam Raimi. Should Rockwell be cast in the film, he would play the patriarch of the Bowen family — they were the Freeling family in the original — whose lives are uprooted when youngest daughter Madison (originally Carol Anne) is abducted by supernatural forces that trap her in the netherworld between life and death.
However, before you get too excited, Rockwell has a number of offers on his plate at the moment, and it is thought he could take any one of several films at the moment. Sadly no one from MGM (who are financing the Poltergeist reboot) would comment, and neither would any of Rockwell’s representatives.
Rosemarie DeWitt has already been cast as the lead female.
Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) is set to direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (whose recent credits include “Oz: The Great and Powerful”). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”) and Rob Tapert (“The Posession”) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (“The Strangers”). Nathan Kahane (“The Grudge”) will serve as executive producer.
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
“Poltergeist” is scheduled to begin production this Autumn.