Gil Kenan To Helm MGM Poltergeist Remake, Produced by Sam Raimi

Poltergeist Remake

Poltergeist Remake

Remakes are the norm rise these days, and there is no chance in hell Hollywood will stop cashing in on them. Some remakes are a hit, which I predict Fede Alvarez’s take on Evil Dead to be, and others are considered a flop long before production even starts. News usually gets out quickly and message boards are filled with hate posts. The question fans always ask is “why” make a remake if the original kicks ass, and yes, it’s normally the case. But some of the originals are only good story wise and some simply suck in production quality.

However, this isn’t the case for Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, which is, frankly, still up to par with today’s film standards in my opinion, and a remake has been in development for a while now at MGM. If you’re already pissed off, just get over it because MGM is moving full steam ahead.

According to Deadline, MGM has found a director to helm the remake of Poltergeist. Monster House and City of Ember director, Gil Kenan, is reported to have been hired to direct it and the horror pic is still being produced by Sam Raimi. There’s no word yet on story details or even casting news, but screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire told Collider the following:

“My version is not a gory, horrible… it’s tonally similar to the first movie, and that’s sort of family-friendly-esque with some real, genuine scares in it. It’s not Saw if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not trying to turn it into something else.”

That’s it for now, and we’ll keep you posted with more news updates on the remake of Poltergeist. Stay tuned to Yell! Magazine.

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