Hollywood’s love affair with ghoulies and ghosties was reconfirmed Thursday with the announcement that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is partnering with Fox 2000 Pictures to finance and distribute a new version of director Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist. The film will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful), and produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert through their Ghost House Pictures company, together with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Ghost House’s previous credits include The Grudge, last year’s The Possession, and the recent reboot of Raimi’s own Evil Dead.
According to the official announcement, the new Poltergeist will concern a family which “relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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.” Production is scheduled to begin this fall.
In a — spooky! — coincidence, Joe Dante’s excellent Trailers From Hell website showcased the clip for Hooper’s original frightfest just earlier this week. You can hear what director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Bag of Bones) has to say about Poltergeist below.
Are you a fan of the original Poltergeist? What do you think about the idea of a Raimi-produced reboot?