'Monster House' Helmer Gil Kenan to Direct Sam Raimi's 'Poltergeist'
by Ethan Anderton
March 7, 2013
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.