Sam Raimi and MGM are united in their love of remakes at the moment. He's producing the remake of his own classic Evil Dead while the formerly beleaguered studio is revisiting such films as Carrie, RoboCop and Mr. Mom. As if all of that wasn't enough, The Hollywood Reporter now says the filmmaker and MGM will join forces again for a new take on Poltergeist.
The script is being written by David Lindsay-Abaire, who's best known for family fare like Robots and Inkheart, as well as Raimi's own upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful.
Announced in February, the Poltergeist remake will feature Raimi not as director but rather as producer, along with Nathan Kahane, Roy Lee and Robert Tapert.
The 1982 original featured a family being terrorized by malicious spirits in their new house. It was directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg. It will be interesting to see if MGM and Raimi go a similar route and get a legitimate horror director to come in and work on the new version.