‘Poltergeist’ Remake Moves Forward with MGM and Fox 2000

Production is scheduled to begin this fall on director Gil Kenan’s revisionist take on the 1982 horror classic.

MGM teams up with Fox 2000 for Poltergeist remake
MGM teams up with Fox 2000 for Poltergeist remake
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), a division of MGM Holdings Inc., has partnered with Fox 2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox, to co-finance and distribute the film Poltergeist, it was announced today by MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Barber and Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Gianopulos.

Gil Kenan (Monster House) is set to direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (whose recent credits include Oz: The Great and Powerful). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Rob Tapert (The Possession) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Nathan Kahane (The Grudge) will serve as executive producer.

Poltergeist will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television. MGM and Twentieth Century Fox continue their longtime partnership as Fox also distributes MGM's home entertainment product.

In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.

Poltergeist is scheduled to begin production this Fall.

MGM is currently in production with Paramount on the original film Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson due for release July 25, 2014 as well as the sequel to the 2010 cult hit Hot Tub Time Machine. The studio has several upcoming films slated for release including Carrie with Sony's Screen Gems due October 18, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy with New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. set for December 13 and RoboCop with Columbia Pictures scheduled for February 7, 2014.

Poltergeist comes to theaters May 22nd, 2015 and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, Kyle Catlett. The film is directed by Gil Kenan.

Sources: MGM Studios
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Comments (7)

  1. Bridgette Monique

    Why are they doing this? Some&#160movies need to be left alone. This is one of them.

    2 years agoby @Bridgette-MoniqueFlag

  2. Noller1

    Hollywood really you can't muster up another movie so you remake a perfectly gd movie.... what you can't do anymore horribly looking paranormal activity movies.... this is merda!!!!

    2 years agoby @Noller1Flag

  3. Claudiolqp


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  4. Mieko_Siede


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  5. Mieko_Siede

    This is not a property that you want to tarnish with an ill-fated re-imagining. Polterguist is among the few classics that don't need to be remade for an updated look. The original served it's purpose well and is still just as entertaining when looked at today as it was years ago. This is just unfortunate.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  6. G Irish

    Just goes to show that there really is no imagination left in Hollywood but to remake

    2 years agoby @girishmanFlag

  7. WongFu

    just digitize the old version and re-release it in the theaters. Remaking it is not an option

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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