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Raimi to direct Poltergeist?

Will the Evil Dead director take the helm?

By Robert T. Trate     October 18, 2012
Source: IndieWire.com

With Sam Raimi wrapping up OZ the Great and Powerful soon, what will be the director’s next film? Well we know that the Spider-Man and Evil Dead director has taken over the producer’s chair of late and has even rebooted his own franchise too. The rumor bouncing around Hollywood (twitter and everything else) is that Raimi may take over as director of the Poltergeist remake. He is producing the film based on a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), so this is highly likely. 

Here is the rumor reported by Indiewire: “this is a bit like a game of telephone, but it goes like this: in a recent random piece over at THR about animated Oscar contenders, it was casually dropped that "Poltergeist" would be Raimi's next film. Huh? Then, THR writer Scott Feinberg took to Twitter and confirmed that Lindsay-Abaire had indeed told him Raimi was directing. So he's obviously doing it then, right? Maybe. This could all be some kind of miscommunication, or maybe Raimi is still considering doing it, or maybe he really liked the script, or....you get the idea. But Lindsay-Abaire seems to be under the impression Raimi is directing, so there you go”.
None of us want another remake, but with Raimi in the director’s chair? What say you Maniacs?
Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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monkeyfoot 10/18/2012 8:06:31 AM

On one hand, he could be a great choice. The originaI had a great mix of family humor and horror in that Spielberg tone that were in all the movies he produced at the time. Raimi's style could capture that same thing along with his fast kinetic camerawork that Evil Dead had. It wouldn't end up as torture porn. There would be a sense of fun in it.

Then I look at my other hand and I'm thinking the same thing as I did with the new Carrie movie teaser. They are remaking a classic and no matter what you do you've already set yourself back by doing that and slogging forward to make your movie just acceptable to people, let alone successful. Off hand I can only thing of the 70s version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers as the only horror remake that everyone says is as much of a classic as the original 50s version.

Why do that to yourself? Just do something original instead.   

lusiphur 10/18/2012 8:36:32 AM

 And besides, production on the original series was cursed.  Does Raimi really want to bring that back?

VermithraxPejorative 10/18/2012 9:50:43 AM

I say, why bother as well. Poltergeist is a classic that was done by a director who had a certain style that can be seen throughout the film, which is what makes it so good. And besides, with no Jo-Beth Williams as the HOT MOM, this project is pointless!!! ;-p

thezillaman 10/18/2012 10:28:41 AM

 hell yes can't wait i like sam raimi if true this could be real cool hope it's true..  

SinisterPryde 10/18/2012 12:26:25 PM

John Carpenter's The Thing tends to be more highly regarded than the '50's original.

I have no problem with them re-making Poltergeist.  If the previews look any good I might even see it.

raa2001 10/18/2012 1:26:04 PM

Well, since Raimi is involved I have a little more hope for this remake.

InnerSanctum 10/18/2012 2:24:12 PM

 Please don't.  I just think Raimi is at the point in his career where he doesn't need to do "remakes" of a classic.  He can produce cruddy horror film after cruddy horror film, but don't direct them.  I'd rather see him tackle something original.  We have a good horror movie in Poltergeist.  Top it.  

VTGamehendge 10/18/2012 10:21:26 PM

Can't say I'm psyched about the idea of remaking Poltergeist at all.  I'm not one of those guys who is outright against all remakes/reboots.  Whereas I don't really believe it's ever necessary, some do actually make sense and can be really good.  However, I think this is a bad idea.  I just think this is one of those classics that if remade can only at best be almost as good.  No way it can be better.  NO WAY IN HELL.

On another note, I just saw Argo the other night and it was superb.

Also just ordered the 20th anniversary Blu-Ray of Monster Squad.  Can't wait for that shit to arrive!

middlerealm 10/19/2012 3:42:28 AM

 Uh..... Why the excitement? Poltergeist is a classic, and still holds up against todays 'gore/cheap scare' market as being quality. So, for me, I think I'll skip the remake. Especially since Raimi is involved. Don't get me wrong, I love his early work. I've been a fan of his for years. But seriously, cos he did Evil Dead, he can do this? Nah... He's too fond of dodgy gags and crappy humour. It works for other films (I am a fan, remember) but for Poltergeist, he's have to ditch his usual style and do something different. I thought Drag Me to Hell was utter rubbish with only a handful of good bits, and was a huge disappointment to what we were promised. (If I remember right, it was supposed to be a 'serious' horror according to him). To me, this'll end up being a Sam Raimi film that just happens to be called Poltergeist.

And I'm not against remakes. I hope I'm proven wrong and it turns out to be a good one, but I have my doubts.

thezillaman 10/19/2012 8:59:15 PM

 fuuuuuuck yesss can't wait for this one ....

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