A man with a track record of family films has been hired by MGM to reboot the “Poltergeist” franchise.
Sam Raimi (“Evil Dead”) is no longer rumored to be directing as he will be taking on the role of producer, but now, according to Collider yesterday, Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) will be sitting behind the camera.
The original, a classic horror film from 1982, centered on a suburban home possessed by spirits, and MGM has opted to find a huge variety of horror writers to form the script.
The phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen” comes to mind when I look at the list of writers: 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”).
So far this reboot is off to a rocky start for me as I have little faith in that many writers, and even less faith in a family film maker directing a true horror film.
Why Hollywood decided to half-ass reboots to important pieces of cinema I’ll never know, but it looks like we will be fed this one against our will.
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