UPDATED: Sam Raimi Circling Poltergeist Remake?

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Well, here’s some completely unexpected and, dare we say it, pretty bitchin’ news. We here at Dread Central are just as annoyed as you are when it comes to needless remakes. However, put someone of the caliber of say, oh, Sam Raimi, at the helm of one? Yes, you have now gotten our full and eager attention.

Recently CEO of MGM, Roger Birnbaum, visited his alma mater, the University of Denver, to give talks to their film history and production classes and apparently let slip a few vague nuggets about several of his studio’s higher profile remakes.

On Dreadit, The Horror Reddit, a University of Denver student wrote:

CEO of MGM, Roger Birnbaum, came and spoke at my university today. Just letting you all in on what was said about the Carrie (more here) and Poltergeist remakes, which MGM is producing…

…Poltergeist was mentioned. Not much was said other than they’re supposedly in discussion with Sam Raimi to direct it.

The Poltergeist reimagining originally had Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) attached to direct, but then money woes at MGM slowed everything down to a grinding halt on the flick.

Interesting, eh? Tell us what you think below.

Well, here’s a kick in the nuts! THR provided an “official” update reporting that Raimi will not direct but instead will produce the redo with Nathan Kahane and Roy Lee. David Lindsay-Abaire, who worked on Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful for Raimi, is still working on the script. We were so happy just an hour ago.

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  • JB Demented

    I dont care who would want to direct a Poltergeist remake. Thats one film You shouldnt mess with. Its bad enough Sam Raimis allowing an Evil Dead remake. Robocop, Carrie, possibly Childs Play and now Poltergeist. MGMs really on a remake trip.

  • DavidFullam

    Come on Sam, direct again, please!

  • Rottenjesus


    Watch DRAG ME TO HELL instead!

  • LifeMi

    If someone tries to remake Changeling, I will personally hunt them down and fuck them back.

  • Vanvance1

    If it has to be made Raimi is the guy who might put a fun spin on it. But I’m hoping, like The Changeling remake, this gets stuck in development hell.