The latest horror movie to get the reboot treatment is Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic Poltergeist, and now Deadline has revealed that the project has landed Gil Kenan (Monster House) as director. The story focuses on a family whose dream home quickly turns into a nightmare when they discover that ghosts haunt it.
Sam Raimi (Evil Dead Trilogy) is on board as producer, but there is currently no word as to when the project will commence principle photography.
Here’s the announcement:
MGM has found a director for its remake of the horror classic Poltergeist. It’s Gil Kenan, who’s best known for helming Monster House and City Of Ember. He separately has set up an original, A Giant, with Lava Bear and The Henson Company. The remake of the 1982 Tobe Hooper-directed pic is being produced by Sam Raimi, Nathan Kahane, and Roy Lee. The original starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams as parents in a family whose dream house turns into a nightmare.
Tobe Hooper is best known for the 1974 classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre and although Poltergeist is another well-received horror movie, it’s hard to imagine a reboot achieving anything more than mild success at the box-office. Gil Kenan did a great job with the moderately successful Monster House in 2006, though the adult nature of the children’s film severely limited its commercial appeal.
Next up for Sam Raimi is Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, which is due for release in the UK and US on 8th March 2013. The film stars James Franco (Spider-Man), Mila Kunis (Ted) and Rachel Weisz (The Bourne Legacy).
Raimi’s Evil Dead reboot is due for release in the US on 5th April and in the UK on 19th April 2013. First-time director, Fede Alvarez, helms the film, while Raimi serves as producer alongside Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead).