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Producer Talks Poltergeist, Old Boy

Roy Lee on bringing Poltergeist remake to theaters.

By Jarrod Sarafin     November 29, 2011
Source: Shock Til You Drop

They’re here! Poltergeist (1982)
© Bob Trate

It seems that Red Dawn isn't the only '80's film reboot that survived MGM's bankruptcy era. After spending a few years in development hell, plans to bring Poltergeist back may be gaining traction within Hollywood once again. In an interview with Shock Til You Drop on the set of 7500, producer Roy Lee indicated that a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 classic may come together in 2012.

"The one I'm most excited about is a Poltergeist reboot and that is probably something, hopefully, next year someone will be able to accomplish." When asked if he was going to be involved in that project he confirmed, "I'm in talks with that right now, yeah, with MGM."

He also talked about the reboot of Old Boy.

"We are planning to shoot 'Old Boy' in March and that should start pre-production in late January," he said. "This is a brand new script by Mark Protosevich. It is very similar to the film, but Protosevich has added new elements that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that change the story but eventually go in the same direction. The ending will be something audiences--especially fans of the original movie--will be very happy with. Some may consider it a bit darker."

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lusiphur 11/29/2011 7:50:24 AM

 Not sure a Poltergeist reboot is necessary.  And I'm afraid they'll turn it into an FX driven piece.

InnerSanctum 11/29/2011 8:04:07 AM

 Nooooooooooooooooo!  Not Old Boy and Poltergeist.  Those are classics.  Is there no shame?  

jedibanner 11/29/2011 8:13:06 AM

Well...nothing is sacred anymore so...another future craporama in the making.

Wiseguy 11/29/2011 8:13:32 AM

Not really looking forward to either of these but I'll admit that I am more curious about Oldboy. I wasn't a huge fan to be honest, the whole incestous thing just bothers me, but it still an attention getter of a film

acidsquall73 11/29/2011 9:13:35 AM

I'm curious what they think they can improve on with doing a remake of Poltergeist. Doesn't make sense. As it stands, the movie was done well enough even for today's standards. Not one moment in that movie was cheeply done or worth a redo. And let's not forget who wrote the original. Spielberg in his early days was a force to be reckoned with, not that he's not a force to be reckoned with now. Just think that's some pretty big shoes to stomp on.

monkeyfoot 11/29/2011 9:13:51 AM

Poltergeist is one of those 80's remakes I absolutely DON'T want! There is no point to it. The story is not outdated and still fits contemporary times. FX have been improved but what was used for the original are not archaic and still work just fine. This didn't come from a book that perhaps has more material that wasn't used the first time. THERE IS NO NEED TO REMAKE THIS FILM!

Except for the almighty dollar.It's got a built in recognition for those who grew up with it and the studio just want you to march like a lemming to the theatre and plunk down cash because you see a familiar title. Whether its good or necessary makes no difference to them, just fork over the cash.

I see there is a banner ad for the Fright Night remake on Mania. I haven't seen it so I don't know if I would like it but I recall it didn't do well at the B.O. I would hope studios would take that as a hint.

tallman 11/29/2011 9:27:19 AM

 Is the "new craze" going to be ghost/possesed films then? I really wouldn't bother with this as I liked the original but don't go out of my way to watch it if it's on t.v. As for Oldboy I don't know enough to make any kind of comment about that.

Kensai331 11/29/2011 9:49:11 AM

Good god! Hollywood, please quit f***ing with the classics!!!! If the writers can't come up with any original stories on their own, then it's time to hire new writers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


CoolerKing 11/29/2011 11:04:47 AM

In the 90's hollywood was turning every best selling book and TV shows into movies. Now they're remaking every popular movie from the 80's because it's easy and it requires no thought what so ever. I'm not against remakes,but the numb nuts are remaking the wrong movies. Remake movies that missed the mark or the ones that should be updated like Krull , Runaway and the Ray Harryhausen movies. Not elm st.,the thing or fnght night, poltergeist ,robocop or oldboy. And if they even think of remaking the exorcist ....THEY BETTER NOT!!

raa2001 11/29/2011 11:47:14 AM

 Poltergeist remake? It was only a matter of time...  smh

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