Oh for goodness sake. You know what, when I first read about this I thought it was a very late April Fools Day joke, but no, it’s true. Tobe Hooper’s….no sorry Steven Spielberg’s [fans of the film will get that] classic 1982 family horror pic was first remade in 2015. It was a sometimes scary but a pretty bland, flavourless effort with little of the atmosphere, suspense and characterisation of the original. But it did make money, even though most horror fans weren’t too enthused. And now….there’s going to be another remake.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers behind Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and this summer’s Avengers: Endgame, have apparently been given access to any property they want in the MGM library[ god forbid they should want to or be allowed to make something original]. And, even though you can’t really improve much on the original Poltergeist [even its special effects remain hugely impressive], for some reason they’ve decided that this is the property that they’re first going to develop, produce and possibly direct.
I’m sorry but this is one project that I hope flops hard even if it turns out to be decent.