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(Monster House) is at the helm of the film which follows a family who, struggling to make ends meet, relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their young daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Loved him in way way back and Iron Man 2 this is good news even if it is another unnecessary remake.

N. on Aug 5, 2013


I like Sam Rockwell.

Brian Sleider on Aug 5, 2013


I like Sam, but why is this movie being made again?

Quanah on Aug 5, 2013


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.

Corby Terrle on Aug 5, 2013


I refer you to Moon for a non jokey character. Takes some chops to act against yourself/solo.

Brian Sleider on Aug 5, 2013


Moon was incredible. That was Oscar worthy.

mooreworthy on Aug 6, 2013


Top 5 sci-fi in the last 10 years.

Brian Sleider on Aug 6, 2013


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.

gert on Aug 6, 2013


I will wait till I can see it to pass judgement on it.

Jimmy Love on Aug 5, 2013


Best excuse to watch this.

DAVIDPD on Aug 6, 2013


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.

Ann on Aug 6, 2013


Monster House was awesome!

Jimmy Love on Aug 6, 2013


They should get Craig T. Nelson to play senile grandpa...

DJROBL on Aug 6, 2013


Another pointless remake.

cobrazombie on Aug 7, 2013

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