Sam Rockwell in Early Talks for a Lead Role in 'Poltergeist' Remake

August 5, 2013
Source: The Wrap

Sam Rockwell

Just last month brought news that Touchy Feel and The Watch star Rosemarie DeWitt was taking the female lead on MGM and Fox 2000's remake of the horror classic Poltergeist. Director Gil Kenan (Monster House) is at the helm of the film which follows a family who, struggling to make ends meet, relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their young daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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. DeWitt is the matriach, and now The Wrap has word that Sam Rockwell is in talks for the lead father role once played by Craig T. Nelson.

Rockwell has a whole slew of projects coming over the next couple years, but everyone should be checking him out in the Fox Searchlight coming-of-age comedy The Way Way Back right now. He would certainly bring some flare to the film from Oz: The Great and Powerful scribe and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire, which features modern additions to the original story including a character named 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. With Ghost House Pictures, Sam Raimi's production banner, behind this film, we're at least interested to see how it turns out.

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  • N.
    Loved him in way way back and Iron Man 2 this is good news even if it is another unnecessary remake.
  • Brian Sleider
    I like Sam Rockwell.
  • I like Sam, but why is this movie being made again?
  • Corby Terrle
    Really? have you all stopped to really look at his body of work? No doubt great actor, but he always plays campy jokey characters! He's the absolute wrong pick for a lead in Poltergeist unless its gonna be another non-scary non serious and joke of a scary movie Every scary movie director and studio needs to take a queue from James Wan.
    • Brian Sleider
      I refer you to Moon for a non jokey character. Takes some chops to act against yourself/solo.
      • mooreworthy
        Moon was incredible. That was Oscar worthy.
        • Brian Sleider
          Top 5 sci-fi in the last 10 years.
    • gert
      Corby, you obviously havent seen much of his work. Moon, Conviction, Everybodys Fine, A Single Shot, The Assassination of Jesse James, Snow Angels etc.. i don't really see any campy characters here. So yeah, you don't know what you are talking about.
  • I will wait till I can see it to pass judgement on it.
    Best excuse to watch this.
  • Ann
    The guy who directed Monster House is remaking Poltergeist ... Really? Must have made Rockwell a financial offer he can't refuse to be this turd in the making.
    They should get Craig T. Nelson to play senile grandpa...
  • cobrazombie
    Another pointless remake.




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