Sam Rockwell in Early Talks for a Lead Role in 'Poltergeist' Remake
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(Monster House) is at the helm of the film which follows a family who, struggling to make ends meet, relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their young daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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.