POLTERGEIST Remake Gets Director Gil Kenan

PoltergeistMGM has finally found a director for their long in development Poltergeist remake. Taking the helm of the film about a suburban family who disciver their home is infested with not so friendly ghosts will be Gil Kenan. And interesting choice as Kenan’s 2006 animated feature Monster House explored simliar stpry territory, albeit with a more kid-friendly tone.

Sam Raimi has been attached to the film as a producer for a while and some were starting to suspect that the director would wind up taking the reins of the film himself.

This Poltergeist remake has been in the pipeline for so long that a number of writers have taken a pass at the screenplay including David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz, The Great And Powerful), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Juliet Snowden (The Possession), Stiles White (Boogeyman) and Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The Writers Guild arbitration should be interesting.

The original Tobe Hooper 1982 horror classic starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams.

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