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Sam Raimi, who has never met a movie property or franchise he wasn’t willing to sell his name to for a few bucks, has done just that with MGM’s “Poltergeist” remake. Of course, how much Raimi actually “produces” (other than allowing the film, once it’s completed, to be sold as “from the director of ‘Evil Dead’, I mean) is anybody’s guess.
Raimi joins Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee, and longtime business partner Robert Tapert on the producing team, and will “help oversee the search for a helmer”. Other than that? Who knows.
The remake has been in the works for a while now. Rumors of an impending remake surfaced way back in 2008, and for a while there, the remake even had a director. Of course, that was back in 2008. It’s now four years later, and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire is currently working on the script, with no directors attached.
Like the 1982 original directed by Tobe Hooper (and co-written/produced by Steven Spielberg), the remake is expected to focus on a family who unwittingly moves into a house with mysterious origins, and as a result find themselves haunted by malevolent spirits. The family then calls in physics to help out. It, er, does not go well.
Craig T. Nelson played the father in the original, with Beth Williams as his wife. “Poltergeist” was a hit and spawned a slew of sequels, including a TV series called “Poltergeist: The Legacy”.
Via : THR