Sam Raimi is Not Lined Up to Direct MGM's Remake of 'Poltergeist'
Director Sam Raimi is one of the most well-loved geek filmmakers working today. His low-budget Evil Dead films put a new spin on horror movies back in the early 80s and had a massive influence on the genre, and if you've seen The Cabin in the Woods, you know that his work still influences directors today. Raimi dove into the superhero genre for a while, but returned to his horror roots with the spectacular Drag Me To Hell in 2009. Now he's producing an Evil Dead remake, and according to a recent Reddit thread (via Movies.com), Raimi is in talks to direct a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 classic, Poltergeist. Read on!
MGM CEO Roger Birnbaum spoke at the University of Denver and told students about his plans for rejuvenating the classic series, and he mentioned Raimi as someone he'd like to see in the director's chair. The idea of a Poltergeist remake has apparently been kicking around for a few years now, but since MGM has just recently overcome their bankruptcy troubles, they're only now able to finally start looking ahead to the future and planning projects down the road. I saw Poltergeist for the first time last summer, and with its concentration on technology as a medium for ghostly transportation, I think this is one of the few remakes that might actually be more relevant today than it was back in 1982. Raimi is a great pick to direct, but we'll have to see if his busy schedule allows him to take on the project. Thoughts?
UPDATE: Heat Vision has word that Raimi will not direct the film, but will only produce. In that capacity, he will be an integral part of the decision as to who will direct the remake from writer David Lindsay-Abaire, who worked on Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful for Raimi.