Rosemarie DeWitt Taking Female Lead in Gil Kenan's 'Poltergeist'

July 23, 2013

Rosemarie DeWitt

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 The new film follows a family who, struggling to make ends meet, relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their young daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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?

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Oh they are really going to try and remake POLTERGEIST? Good luck.

DAVIDPD on Jul 23, 2013


So the guy who did Monster House is going to try to live up to what Tobe Hooper did? Yeah, good luck with that. I believe I'll have no part of it.

grimjob on Jul 23, 2013


Instead of remaking what in my humble opinion is a pretty near perfect film, why doesn't some one Pay Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams, to come into a studio do some simple ADR, Fix up the Kitchen scene and re-release this master piece without the "offensive" Pizza Hut line??? And Fix that NECK BREAKING jump cut for Kitchen to Neighbor's house! I mean Craig was recently in that commercial where he was playing Steve Freeling so I know his voices hasn't aged that much...

Ryan Macri on Jul 23, 2013


This is so true. the people dynamic and chemistry help to establish a true classic. That is lost in most horror flicks today.

Classic on Jul 23, 2013


I have a suspicion that Bruce Campbell will play Carrigan Burke

Michael P. Shipley on Jul 23, 2013


Why Hollywood? Why? Why can't these greedy trends just die? No more remakes of classics please.

Johnny Neat on Jul 24, 2013

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