MGM Back on Track With ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘RoboCop’ Reboots

Some super brief news that’s a bit exciting. The Lion has finally started to really stir, with MGM announcing its first post-bankruptcy co-financing deal Thursday and studio execs telling creative reps that it’s moving on a quintet of projects, including remakes of 1980s pics Mr. Mom and The Idolmaker and long-gestating reboots of RoboCop and Poltergeist.

Vadim Perelma was originally signed on to direct the Poltergeist reboot penned by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. The original was released in 1982, followed by sequels in 1986 and 1988.

The reboot of RoboCop was being fast-tracked for a 2010 release as the first potential tentpole to come together under Parent’s regime, with director Darren Aronofsky attached at one point. Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy, who produced the original film for Orion in 1987, was on board as producer alongside Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David Thwaites.