Rosemarie DeWitt Taking Female Lead in Gil Kenan's 'Poltergeist'
by Ethan Anderton
July 23, 2013
After taking on sci-fi comedy in last year's panned, but hilarious summer release The Watch, actress Rosemarie DeWitt is heading into the world of horror. Deadline has word that the star of recent indies like Your Sister's Sister and Touchy Feely has landed the female lead on MGM and Fox 2000's remake of Poltergeist from Monster House director Gil Kenan. The new film follows a family who, struggling to make ends meet, relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their young daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil. Read on!
The script comes from Oz: The Great and Powerful scribe and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire, and while the script is said to be similar to the original film, there are some significant changes. For example, rather than having a strange pyschic attempt to confront the spirits, Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts a show called “Haunted House Cleaners," gets involved. 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 girl. A male lead still needs to be cast, so hopefully we'll hear who lands that role sooner than later. Thoughts?