BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
If you've been under the impression that the upcoming Poltergeist movie is going to be one of the scariest films of 2015, I have some bad news for you. It turns out that this new film isn't necessarily that focused on being that frightening, and has been described by one of its stars as being more of a "kid's movie."
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won't be out until this summer, but 20th Century Fox is already getting very serious about the second sequel in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise. One week ago it was reported that Dawn director Matt Reeves had signed a deal to direct the movie, and now the studio has given the project an official release date.
Now that the upcoming Poltergeist reboot has set its two lead actors, both Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt set to play the film's central roles, the team behind the production has begun filling out the supporting cast. And that evidently begins with signing Jared Harris, Kyle Calett and Nicholas Braun to the cast.
Based on a script by David Lindsay-Abaire, who most recently wrote the script for Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful, the movie tells the story of the Bowen family and their battle against evil spirits when their youngest daughter Madison is abducted by supernatural forces. As you may have noticed, the premise of the movie has remained the same, but the names from the 1982 original have changed (the daughter's name in that film was Carol Anne and the family name was the Freelings).
In the endless saga of films that are remade and updated and churned through the Hollywood recycling machine, Poltergeist is one of the few that doesn't earn immediate eye-rolls. The Tobe Hooper (or was that Steven Spielberg?)-directed horror film is a classic, of course, inspiring two sequels and dozens of similar ghost stories, but it's also simple enough that it could easily be reshaped, especially from a director with a specific idea of what to do with it
In this remake, itís Ericís wife, Amy, who can communicate with spirits. And there are two new main characters: Carrigan Burke, the host of a television program Haunted House Cleaners; and Burkeís ex-wife, who is a parapsychologist. This fractured couple will be called upon to help with the investigation into Caroline Ö er, Madisonís disappearance.
MGM has reached through the TV screen to sign Gil Kenan on as director. While his last film, 2008ís fantasy adventure City of Embers isnít so relevant, his debut feature was Sony Animationís CGI childrenís comedy Monster House in 2006, so at least he isnít completely unfamiliar with scary things.
Just yesterday it seemed our hopes were answered with news that Raimi would resurrect undead terrors by directing the remake of Poltergeist penned by playwright turned screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire. Sadly, THR was forced to revise their original article when Lindsay-Abaire noticed an error. He took to Twitter to lay it out...
After spending many years away from the genre, Sam Raimi has really re-connected with his horror roots in the last few years. In 2009 he returned to the genre with the excellent and sadly under-appreciated Drag Me To Hell, and has since produced a remake of his own film, The Evil Dead, as well as this past summer's The Possession.
While I understand some remakes, this one makes absolutely no sense. The plot of Poltergiest is so simple that you could easily take it, give it a twist, and create a whole new kind of ghost story. What we have here is just MGM trying to come back from the dead by exploiting their best titles (see also: Robocop). Is it nice to have someone as respectable as Raimi on-board? Sure, but unless he actually decides to direct the movie himself it probably won't make much of a difference.
One of the most controversial upcoming remakes currently in development is the American-made version of Chan-wook Parkís Oldboy. While the project has been in the works for years, originally going to be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Will Smith, the project has been revived in recent months, with Spike Lee officially set to direct and Josh Brolin attached to star. But how will the new movie connect to the South Korean original? Producer Roy Lee has cleared up some of those questions.
They've got five projects in the works, all of them based around previous films-- remakes of Robocop, Mr. Mom and the 1980 drama The Idolmaker, plus another film based around Hercules and a fourth Poltergeist film.