It was recently reported that MGM is developing a remake of the 1982 horror classic Poltergeist, and now it appears the’ve found their director. Ukrainian-born filmmaker Vadim Perelman (House Of Sand And Fog) is currently in heavy negotations, and things are supposedly looking quite good. It’s not a lock, but this would be a very interesting choice. House Of Sand And Fog, which was Perelman’s first film, is a stunning masterpiece…watch it if you haven’t already. Superb visuals, stellar acting, entrancing music and engrossing script, that movie has it all.
The Poltergeist remake is currently being written by the Juliet Snowden and Stiles White duo (Boogeyman). Most people cowered in fear at the thought that these two were adapting the classic, as Boogeyman is generally regarded as a turd, but I will go on record as saying that Boogeyman is a seriously underrated movie. That film is sadly misunderstood by its watchers but actually has a very original, clever story that is shakespearian in a way. It is also a rare 21st century American mainstream horror movie that isn’t a remake or a sequel. So yes, I think that if this wirting/directing team is final, the new Poltergeist could end up pleasantly surprising many, many people.
The original Poltergeist, which I haven’t seen yet, was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 & 2) on an original story by the legendary Steven Spielberg (do you really need an intro?), who co-wrote the script with the Michael Grais and Mark Victor duo (Marked For Death). It is widely regarded as one of the scariest movies ever made and was followed by two sequels. There was also a spin-off TV show in the mid-to-late nineties, Poltergeist: The Legacy, but it apparently doesn’t have much (if anything) to do with the films.
Poltergeist is slated for 2009, but the real question is, will the infamous real-life “curse” carry on to the remake?