That POLTERGEIST remake being produced by MGM & Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures is finally getting its feet off the ground, with a little help. Fox is coming on-board to co-fiance & distribute the reboot of Spielberg/Hooper’s ’82 classic, which will start production this coming Fall for a 2014 release.
It’s been 25 years since the last POLTERGEIST film (the Canadian TV series POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY had no connection whatsoever), and with Sam Raimi & the director of the animated horror/comedy MONSTER HOUSE behind it, I’d say I’m definitely looking forward to a new incarnation. What say you, readers?
Check out the full press release below:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), a division of MGM Holdings Inc., has partnered with Fox 2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox, to co-finance and distribute the film “Poltergeist,” it was announced today by MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Barber and Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Gianopulos. Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) is set to direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (whose recent credits include “Oz: The Great and Powerful”). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”) and Rob Tapert (“The Posession”) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (“The Strangers”). Nathan Kahane (“The Grudge”) will serve as executive producer.
“Poltergeist” will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television. MGM and Twentieth Century Fox continue their longtime partnership as Fox also distributes MGM’s home entertainment product.
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
Poltergeist” is scheduled to begin production this Fall.