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Jarred Harris for Poltergeist Remake

The first star is here

By Robert T. Trate     September 05, 2013
Source: Deadline.com

Deadline broke the exclusive news yesterday that Jared aHarris (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Fringe) has landed the starring role in the Poltergeist remake. 

“Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show Haunted House Cleaners”.

Jared Harris will join Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nikki Blonsky in the production.   

The Poltergeist remake is being directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and based on a script by David Lendasy-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful). 

Poltergeist is slated for a 2014 release. 

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CalamityJohnson 9/5/2013 9:59:35 AM

remake? aside from the title and ghosts, what similarity does it have to the original? reality show with folks living in an already suspected haunted home vs family of 5 living in a new housing development built atop an old Indian burial ground. Hmm... sounds like a cheap way to make an extra dollar, grab the title of a beloved horror flick, but then then deviate from it completely, making one wonder why the hell is it titled Poltergiest in the first place... aside from the fact there's Poltergeists in it? Just get rid of the "remake" gimic, because that it isn't.

CalamityJohnson 9/5/2013 10:00:27 AM

...and call it simply, "Ghosts"

VTGamehendge 9/5/2013 12:18:42 PM

I concur.  Total shite.

monkeyfoot 9/5/2013 12:36:25 PM

It's not a movie I wanted to be remade. It has become a classic. But I'll wait for a trailer to see if they can do anything worth remaking it for.

thezillaman 9/5/2013 1:18:21 PM

 fuck!!! why did they go this way when the original is one of the best ever? lazy unoriginal lazy bastards I hope the movie flops massively.  I.hear you@ C.J this is nothing like the original so why even use the same name just because they want to make a quick buck ?  I hope they get a poltergeist in their a.ssholes...

redvector 9/5/2013 2:05:12 PM

Hopefully this will flop just like the Fright Night remake flopped. 

makabriel 9/5/2013 5:11:54 PM

 Maybe I'm watching too much Supernatural, but I think of GhostFacers whenever I read the one sheet for this..

blankczech 9/5/2013 5:26:08 PM

I'll reserve my opinion about this until after it comes out. I've actually seen some remakes which bore little resemblance to the original, that were quite good (like the 1982 version of The Thing vs. the 1951 - The Thing From Another World).

I often like Sam Rockwell's work.

On another note -

While I'd hardly call  Fright Night (2011) a raging success I wouldn't call it a flop either.

It was well received by movie critics (garnering a 72% approval rating on the tomato meter...and Colin Farrell actually got more praise than the movie, as some critics who didn't particularly care for the film, liked his performance).

I know Maniacs get excited about box office receipts (why , I don't know, since they don't have any money invested in these movies) but Fright Night cost around $31,000,000 to make and took in about $47,000,000 including international box office, and DVD sales (but excluding rentals and pay per view). These aren't disastrous numbers for an "R" rated horror movie.

Wyldstaar 9/5/2013 6:29:22 PM

Considering how much I hate 'reality shows' and how much I admire the original Poltergeist, this is an automatic fail for me.  If it makes it's way to Netflix streaming, I'll put it in my queue where it will likely linger for two or three years before I actually watch it.

EyeofHarmony 9/5/2013 7:38:05 PM

 Remember that in the original there was a group of ghost hunters, the lead one played by Zelda Rubinstein.   Perhaps in the remake, the story of the family is being told from the point of view of the ghost hunter, with Zelda's role being playd by Harris.  Or perhaps not.

 

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