They’re coming back! While rumors of a Poltergeist remake have circled for a few years now, the film has finally been moving forward in the past few months. With Sam Raimi producing under his Ghost House Productions, Monster House director Gil Kenan in the director’s chair, and a script drafted up by David Lindsay-Abaire, recently from Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, the focus has now turned to casting the film.
While Rosemarie DeWitt has already been confirmed to play the mother of the haunted Bowen family, there is now building conjecture on MGM being in talks with Sam Rockwell to portray her husband, a role previously inhabited by Craig T. Nelson. While Rockwell is currently considering several projects, he has not confirmed if he will be attached, but has in fact shown interest in the project.
1982’s Poltergeist, a collaboration from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper and Hollywood golden boy Steven Spielberg, has sat at the top of the “Haunted House Film” list for over 30 years now, and is commonly regarded as a genre classic, so to recapture the sheer terror of the original will be a daunting task for those involved in a remake. However, Sam Raimi has already proven himself as a more than capable producer with his deep involvement in this year’s reboot of his own Evil Dead franchise, as well as last year’s smash hit The Possession, and with a unfinished cast including actors the likes of DeWitt and Rockwell, the film still has a chance to have a life of its own. Hopefully, this film won’t suffer from the Poltergeist curse either.
– By Matthew Delhauer
Matt Delhauer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a degree in communications and digital filmmaking. As an avid fan of horror films since childhood, Matt has had years of exposure to the best, worst, and many in between. Outside of film Matt also holds knowledge in several fields of media and entertainment, from literature to television, which are all met with an eye for analysis and a love of entertainment. For more of Matt’s work take a look at his blog at www.gingergeekblogs.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter: @MattDelhauer