MGM & Fox 2000 Team to Finance and Release 'Poltergeist' Remake'
by Ethan Anderton
June 20, 2013
Back in March, we learned that Monster House Gil Kenan was going to be dealing with another haunted house by directing the gestating remake of Poltergeist produced by Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner. The project is still making progress as a press release from MGM and Fox 2000 has announced the studios will co-finance and distribute the film with production slated to begin sometime this fall. Obviously a cast still needs to be rounded up, but the script from Oz: The Great and Powerful scribe and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire is ready to go. So how does this remake differ?
The press release says, "In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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." So it's not terribly different. But Bloody Disgusting revealed some details last month about the characters with the lead being a man named Eric Bowen, who loses his job, forcing the family to move. And his wife Amy, who can communicate with the dead. But who will help the family with these supernatural forces?
Zelda Rubinstein, who fantastically played the psychic Tangina, will not be returning, but a different sort of character has been crafted to deal with the spirits. Carrigan Burke is a television personality who hosts a show called “Haunted House Cleaners," and he's not scared of anything. There's also Dr. Brooke Powell, Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university, and her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl. There's also been rumors the film might have a connection to the original story in some capacity. Hopefully we'll get some casting news for these characters soon enough, and we'll be sure to let you know when Poltergeist is heading to theaters.