No-Holds-Barred Poltergeist Remake

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New York Magazine’s Vulture

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Now this is remake news that really doesn’t irk us too much. If you’re going to add your own slant on a famed film, why not do so in a way in which you’re bringing something new to the table while still honoring the source material (i.e., The Blob and Dawn of the Dead)?

According to New York Magazine’s Vulture, MGM’s new studio management in February told Hollywood’s talent agencies it was moving ahead with plans to reboot five movie franchises, including Steven Spielberg’s 1982 horror hit Poltergeist. Word is that the studio has offered Pulitzer-prize winning playwright cum screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) the job of reimagining the paranormal classic.

Reached by Vulture, Lindsay-Abaire confirmed he’d been approached by MGM and offered the job but emphasized that no deal had been reached and stressed that he was not yet even sure he wanted to take it.

The good news: Insiders tell the site that MGM has no creative parameters for a Poltergeist remake — it would be Lindsay-Abaire’s to shape in whatever fashion he chooses, should he want the job.

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  • Foywonder

    Why even remake Poltergeist at all? Insidious was already a remake Poltergeist.

  • Masked Slasher

    If this were to happen, I’d be interested if ONLY for the writer.

    Rabbit Hole was last year’s best film.

  • DavidFullam

    Having creative freedom does not necessarily translate into making a good film.

  • kiddcapone

    Let Rob Zombie do it: “Go into the motherfucking light Carol Ann”

    • Shambling_in_Bandages

      “They’re heeeeeere, dicklickers.”

  • Vanvance1

    Why not choose a horror writer? The studio probably wants to sell the idea that they are “elevating the genre” by choosing a pulitizer winner writer.

    As a life long horror fan all it proves to me is that they really JUST DON’T GET IT!

    • LifeMi

      “Why not choose a horror writer?”

      I ask, why? Where is it written that a horror film has to be written by someone who writes horror? Think about it this way: Poltergeist is a premiere horror film. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love or hasn’t been inspired by it. If you were to give it to someone who was a die-hard fan of the original, they would be tempted to do many of the classic scenes: the clown attacking the boy, “they’re here…,” the swimming pool, etc. And as Marcus Nispel proved in TCM03, that’s a fool’s journey. I’d prefer someone who isn’t beholden by the source material who’s willing to branch out and do something original and unique with it, as long as that person still respects the material.

      • Vanvance1

        It’s studio producers who push for more readily identifiable scenes. There’s no reason a non-horror writer who didn’t understand or respect the genre would be any less derivative.

        Further those who don’t see value in horror or don’t understand why others do are clueless as to what tickles our fancies.

        • LifeMi

          I disagree. For example, although it’s outside of horror, Bryan Singer was not a fan of X-Men when he signed on do direct X1 and X2, yet I think most would agree that Singer’s films were fantastic, especially X2. Just because someone’s not a fan of the material doesn’t mean they can’t do it justice.

          • Vanvance1

            That’s a strong supporting example for your argument. At the same time I don’t think it’s a common result… I think more of the time you get the new NOES approach where the director had no affinity for the project and didn’t know how to bring the script to life.

            I also believe that those who have dedicated themselves to the genre should be rewarded with more work. There are a lot of talented writers out there who I’d love to see take a shot at this. i.e. Graham Masterton.

          • LifeMi

            I’ll agree with you that it’s not common for that to happen. Furthermore, I’m not arguing against a horror writer working on Poltergeist; I’m simply stating that I don’t think it has to be someone in the genre.

  • Rottenjesus

    I forsee a lot of CGI and jump scares in the near future.

    I’ve come up with a new term for “rebooting” remakes. They will now be referred to as BOOT-KAKE. As for the endless stream of shitty remakes, they will still be called shitty fucking remakes.