Updated: Sam Raimi Will Produce ‘Poltergeist’ Remake

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THR provided an “official” update reporting that, as I suspected below, 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.

Apparently, Roger Birnbaum, CEO of MGM, recently gave talks at the University of Denver. Collider discovered a Reddit* recap of the event that not only teased that the Carrie remake would be found footage, but also let it slip that Sam Raimi is in talks to direct their reboot of Poltergeist!

Vadim Perelman has been previously attached at the helm, with David Lindsay-Abaire, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White all penning the story of a suburban home built over an Indian burial ground and thus inhabited by a nasty spook.

While I have zero interest in seeing a remake of said title (why not just make another sweet ghost story?), the idea of having Raimi behind the camera is half-boner inducing. We’re talking about the man behind The Evil Dead franchise and Drag Me To Hell, not to mention the Spider-Man trilogy (although those are already incredibly dated). I’m going to call bunk on Birnbaum’s statement and guess what he meant was “in talks to produce” with his Ghost House Pictures company.

Steven Spielberg produced the 1982 classic directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Tobe Hooper.

*It should be noted that this report hasn’t ben officially confirmed and we don’t know the poster on Reddit.

Source: Reddit
  • BrotherofTears

    I still wish they would do a Poltergeist IV instead. That would be more interesting and more of a challenge. But if they have to remake it, I’m glad Raimi is involved. Hopefully Vadim Perelman will still direct it. His debut, House of Sand and Fog, was really impressive/

  • Nothing333

    Yayyyy another remake of an 80s horror classic. Hollywood is allergic to imagination.

  • Deadamongmen

    As long as it doesn’t have a talking goat that laughs hysterically, then I’m in.

  • Jasonicus

    No thanks. The original is fine the way it is.

  • Klepto4

    I concour, please just leave it alone. I love poltergeist, no need for a remake.

  • MidnightMayhem

    I do not want to see this. There is no room for improvement in the original, leave it alone.

  • Droolbear

    Amazing how on all the different forums out there, no one really want’s this to be remade. I’m sure though once the project is done, we all will still go see it and complain that it’s not as good as the original.
    Also, regarding the comment about Carrie being made as a found footage movie??!?!? Please say it ain’t true. Again, another movie that doesn’t need to be remade but if the whole thing is done with shaky camera shit, then for sure I won’t be seeing it.

  • mkash1

    Yeah,I wont be seeing this..they just need to leave it alone..

  • St.Anger

    Why can’t Raimi just do an original project. I hate when directors start slapping their names on shit.

  • doctrina

    Yeah great idea i love remakes for me the most exp. bet than remastered the story goes on:).

  • jayarrcampos

    The story of the original film doesn’t seem like it would fit into today’s version of suburbia. The original family (headed by Coach!) were literally settlers among Indians. Isolation from the rest of the world was what made this and many horror flicks of the 80s work. Hollywood would no doubt find a way to infect this flick with Facebook or a found footage reference. Poltergeist makes a great ghost story and base for a franchise, but I don’t believe it can or should be retold. I agree with Brother of Tears….give us a part IV if you must dig into the Poltergeist well again! Maybe they could expand on the high rise setting of part 3. The ridiculous amount of mirrors in my apartment makes me uneasy which is directly tied to Poltergeist 3! In closing, a suburban Poltergeist story cannot and should not be retold in our current circumstance, unless its made period correct, like how the TCM remake was set in the 70′s. Hmmmm….that could work if done by the right people. If that route is not taken with extreme care, a remake will fail. the only other option to update this franchise is to give us a sequel. There is literally a world left to tell ghost stories about Hollywood. Grow a futzing imagination!

  • taporsnap

    the movie wasnt that great so i guess they can try to remake it but i wont spend my money on it