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.