Read on for the update: In 1982 MGM released one of the scariest films of all time, Poltergeist, which was written and produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper. The film is of legend, being that it’s not only extremely scary, but that it was rated PG (after an appeal from an R). Word has come down from various confirmed sources that the once titled “Poltergeist: Kayeri” is now being retooled as a remake of the original film. Poltergeist, which is about a family’s home being haunted by a host of ghosts, is now looking to attach a director. More details inside.
I’ve just received official confirmation that the original idea for “Kayeri” will NOT be used for the remake, instead the new film will be a straight-up remake of the first film… pretty much frame-for-frame. Just think Hills Have Eyes…
Although Clint Morris did write the original “Poltergeist Kayeri”, it’s not believed he is part of the new project.
In addition, I can also confirm that Zelda Rubinstein, Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams will not be part of the remake.
In the original, a young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.