Rumors of a new ‘Poltergeist‘ project have been circulating for a while now. It appears that this undertaking has gained some steam recently and has brought some heavy hitters on board. Reportedly, it will be a reboot of the 1982 film, but also a sequel. Gil Kenan (‘Monster House‘) is attached to direct. More importantly, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Roy Lee from the ‘Evil Dead‘ franchise will produce.
The film will start shooting in September in Toronto. David Lindsay Abaire is billed as the top screenwriter. Abaire and Raimi worked together on the recent ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful‘. The story will feature a new family some years after the Freelings were run out of their haunted house by evil spirits. After protagonist Eric Bowen loses his job, he and his family relocate to a new town to start from scratch. When his young daughter Madison disappears, his wife discovers the ability to communicate with the dead. They’re helped by Dr. Brooke Powell, a parapsychologist at a local university.
So, basically, the same thing as the first movie.
Allegedly, we’ll also see some homages to the original, but they don’t sound well thought out. Supposedly, in one scene, the kids find some odd things in the attic, including the Freelings’ possessions such as the ‘Star Wars‘ bed sheets and the famous TV set. But didn’t the Freelings’ house implode in front of them at the end of the first movie? I mean, this just doesn’t make sense.
Also featured will be the scary tree outside the house and that creepy clown doll.
Unfortunately, neither Steven Spielberg nor Tobe Hooper are taking part in this project at the moment. With Raimi on board and with Kenan’s family-oriented background, they might make a decent reboot. Casting is underway right now. All I can hope for is a Craig T. Nelson cameo. And who will replace Zelda Rubenstein? Those will be hard shoes to fill.
[via Screen Rant]