Some really interesting casting news is coming in for the proposed remake of the classic 80s horror flick Poltergeist. The Wrap is reporting that Sam Rockwell is in early talks to star opposite Rosemarie DeWitt in MGM and Fox 2000’s reboot.
Rockwell is currently weighing several movie offers and hasn’t officially decided to take the part, though an individual familiar with the project tells The Wrap that Rockwell is now the filmmakers’ top choice and that the actor is intrigued by the prospect of a lead role in a studio movie produced by horror maestro Sam Raimi.
Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson were the original parents whose ideal family life is uprooted by a cavalcade of spirits that culminates in the kidnap of their youngest daughter.
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 Poltergeist.
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 Possession) 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In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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.
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