Holy horse shit on toast!!!…
This will be fantastic with todays CGI and the Sam *God* Raimi at the helm!,i remember poltergeist was among the first films i watched not long after my dad bought a VCR (long story but in short my mum and dad took me to see ET when it opened and i remember it being winter and the Que was a mile long to get into the old ABC cinema and over three hours later we shuffled to the entrance and i was buzzing my tits off,but an Usher said to my dad there are only 2 seats left and my dad was fuming and made us do an about turn and back to the car..i was deflated that day,so the morning after my dad went straight out and bought a Ferguson Videostar top loader and managed to grab a pirate copy of ET off a mate at work,we all sat round and could hear sound but the pic was just fuzzy lines lol.).But i was blown away when we rented Poltergeist and remember my brother hooking the sound up through the Hi-Fi and we all sat there amazed at the film…happy days.
Sam Raimi has produced a considerable number of horror films and remakes in recent years, and it looks as thought the Evil Dead and Drag Me To Hell director will be returning to the genre with the Poltergeist remake.
Raimi has been attached as a producer on the horror remake for some months now, although a recent THR article suggested that writer David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Oz: The Great And Powerful) had confirmed that Raimi would be adding directing to his producing duties.
In a Rise Of The Guardians interview, Lindsay-Abaire confirmed that Raimi was directing Poltergeist. Raimi must be a fan of the Pulitzer Prize winning writer, as the article also reveals that Raimi came close to directing Rabbit Hole.
While we’ll wait for official confirmation, either from Raimi or MGM, this is certainly pleasing news.
Admittedly, it’s extremely rare that we’ll get excited about a horror remake, but the involvement of Raimi as director completely changes the game.
It’s hard to image that an auteur with Raimi’s horror heritage would sign on for a bog-standard, join-the-dots retelling of the original film. Surely he’d only get involved if he could make it his own.
And presumably Lindsay-Abaire must have come up with an intriguing take on the script. Our optimism levels are rising rapidly on this one.
Raimi and Lindsay-Abaire next collaboration, Oz: The Great And Powerful, opens in the UK on 8 March 2013.