New Trailer: The Spirit

Suffering from very bad buzz ever since its second trailer premiered, The Spirit finally redeems itself with this pretty cool-looking, supposedly final one. I still don’t think it’ll be amazing, but it’s a definite improvement from what we’ve seen before. Comic book author Frank Miller (300) makes his true directing debut here, as God knows what exactly his co-directing contribution to Sin City was, and he also wrote the screenplay, adapted from the seminal comic created by the legendary Will Eisner (Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle). Here is Wikipedia‘s description of the comic book series:

The Spirit chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city’s police commissioner Dolan, an old friend. Despite the Spirit’s origin as a detective named Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again and for all intents and purposes he was simply “The Spirit”. The stories ranged through a wide variety of styles, from straightforward crime drama and noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and expectations.

The Spirit stars Gabriel Macht (Because I Said So), Samuel L. Jackson (Lakeview Terrace), Eva Mendes (The Women), Jaime King (Cheaper By The Dozen 2), Sarah Paulson (Serenity), Paz Vega (Spanglish), Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and (ugh) Scarlett Johansson (The Other Boleyn Girl) among others. The film will be released in several countriesincluding the US around Christmas, and in most others sometime in Jauary or February 2009. What do you think of this new trailer?

Has the Poltergeist remake found its director?

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?