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'Monster House' Helmer Gil Kenan to Direct Sam Raimi's 'Poltergeist'

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March 7, 2013

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Last spring there were rumblings that Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man, Oz: The Great and Powerful) might produce the new remake of Poltergeist set up at MGM. However, that story was quickly shot down and it was revealed that Raimi would only be producing the remake, much like his position on next month's Evil Dead. Since then we haven't heard any news about a potential director, but now Deadline has word that Monster House and City of Ember director Gil Kenan has been hired to direct the remake of the 1982 film directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and also written and produced by Steven Spielberg.

For those who haven't seen the classic horror film, it follows a family (including Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams) as parents of a household which turns from being their dream come true to a supernatural nightmare. It seems fitting that Kenan would direct this after his animated haunted house fare in Monster House, which Spielberg also executive produced. In fact, that film was one of the earliest films to be presented in 3D before it became a staple of theatrical releases. Perhaps MGM is looking to make the David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful) scripted Poltergeist another 3D horror installment.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Yes, another remake... yes !!!!

Tester on Mar 7, 2013

2

I'm as excited as ol' Tester there. Can't wait to see this wonderful reimagining of the classic! I'm sure it will bring a whole lot to the table, like most remakes. Nope, this won't be mediocre at all!

grimjob on Mar 7, 2013

3

kick ass avatar pic there grimbjob !!

Tester on Mar 7, 2013

4

I thank you sir. All hail Cleef!

grimjob on Mar 7, 2013

5

'Nope, this won't be mediocre at all!' Riiiiggghhhttttt!

Sanka on Mar 7, 2013

6

This one deserves a good remake! Poltergeist was a fun popcorn movie in the 80's. Sam Raimi should make it better with an update storyline and special effects.

The Truth on Mar 7, 2013

7

Yes because there are soooooooooo many good remakes out there !!!! Sorry, could not help the sarcasm.. Yes I would agree that it would be fun to see a good remake, unfortunately those are not very common

Tester on Mar 7, 2013

8

Remake - ehhhhhh Poltergeist Remake - uh, hmmm Poltergesit by Raimi - HERE IS ALL OF MY MONEY

OfficialJab on Mar 7, 2013

9

Gil Kenan SUCKS! Isn't he related to Zemeckis?! That's the only reason why Spielberg and Zemeckis chose him over other much more talented film students at USC. Don't believe me? Try watching City of Embers. Terrible terrible film.

Stuart Allen on Mar 7, 2013

10

I like it , reminds me of a story about a guy out in a cabin in the woods with his girlfriend an objects and people get possesed . I'm just glad Michael Bays crap horror company isn't producing this.

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Mar 7, 2013

11

"For those who haven't seen the classic horror film", it's on TNT/TCM every week; for the last two decades.

David Banner on Mar 7, 2013

12

I say please leave this one alone guys, POLTERGEIST is one of those films that could only have worked in the 80's and it worked mainly because of the suburban / family feel which was Spielberg's special brand of magic no one else has ever been able to duplicate - they should only have ever done one Poltergeist film to begin with it never needed a sequel and it doesn't need a remake

SteveG on Mar 7, 2013

13

poltergeist does not need a remake.

Jim Dawkins on Mar 7, 2013

14

Wow, I guess all the great ideas really have been all used up.

castingcouch on Mar 8, 2013

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