David Lindsay-Abaire Confirmed to Write Sam Raimi’s ‘Poltergeist’ Remake

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poltergeist remake writer David Lindsay Abaire Confirmed to Write Sam Raimis Poltergeist Remake

Poltergeist looks to join the increasingly long line of horror films to get a remake, right behind such titles as Carrie and Evil Dead. The remakes of those films made an appearance at the 2012 New York Comic-Con, in part to counter resistance against reworking these scary flicks. Evil Dead was more successful at that task – thanks in part to the efforts of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell – while the Carrie remake (watch the teaser) still has a ways to go.

Raimi, as it were, is also producing the Poltergeist remake for MGM. The project has failed to move beyond the early stages of development over the past four years, despite the efforts of several different writers. However, that should change now, thanks to the involvement of power-players like Raimi and producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, Old Boy).

Previous reports confirming Raimi as producer on Poltergeist indicated the script is now being handled by David Lindsay-Abaire, the playwright/screenwriter behind projects varying from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and movie adaptation Rabbit Hole (which, for those unaware, is about a couple grieving the loss of their child) and the animated family-friendly flick Robots. Raimi came close to directing Rabbit Hole, while Abaire did some writing on Raimi’s abandoned Spider-Man 4. However, the two finally teamed formerly on the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful (which Raimi directed and Abaire co-wrote).

Shock Till You Drop caught up with Abaire at a screening for next month’s Rise of the Guardians (which he helped adapt for the screen), where he confirmed that he is indeed writing the Poltergeist redo. Abaire also clarified that he’s starting from scratch, rather than drawing from previous script drafts, and intends to honor the original 1982 film with his take.

poltergeist remake sam raimi David Lindsay Abaire Confirmed to Write Sam Raimis Poltergeist Remake

Abaire is an appropriate choice to write the Poltergeist remake, given his knack for creating believable family dynamics; not to mention, his ability to tackle stories varying from all-audiences-appropriate to mature adult-oriented fare. The original film directed by Tobe Hooper (who worked from a screenplay co-written by Steven Spielberg) is very much a Spielberg-ian mix of lighter and darker plot elements, so it’s reasonable to assume the remake will take a similar approach.

Therein, of course, lies the problem. Many people feel Poltergeist holds up fine, so taking a similar approach makes the redo seem all the more unnecessary. On the other hand, taking the story in a more grim and disturbing direction (closer to¬†Evil Dead) might be perceived as too drastic a departure from Hooper’s movie. That is to say, Poltergeist is in the same boat as most other upcoming horror remakes (as far as justifying its existence goes).

More on the Poltergeist remake as the story develops.

Source: Shock Till You Drop

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  1. I am just hoping they don’t CGI-me to death… I appreciate the real, hands-on effects in the original just like in the first Alien movie. Something tangible and believable – THAT’s what made it scary as hell – you could touch it. We’ll see…


  2. where is the ambition ? innovation ?, regardless of how good this is, its still a copy of someone elses talent. hollywood parrots.

  3. I used to be lenient towards remakes but now THIS IS GETTING F*CKING REDICULOUS! It hope Hollywood goes bankrupt for this b*******! Enough with pointless remakes! Learn something new and take a g****** risk, you hacks!

  4. now that movie is the prototype of all those paranormal activity, insidious and so on, so it must be much more then a good reboot. as for the original, i did hated the whinery scenes and the ghosthunter-gnom -caroll ann-(with her voice). so it was not a masterpiece, they can reboot it.

  5. I just watched ‘Ghoulies’ the other night. NOT ONLY does it try to rip off ‘Gremlins’ with cute, creepy creatures, but music from ‘The Omen’, a line about green eyes that sounds like one from ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ AND a freaky killer clown doll like the one pictured above. And it’s not supposed to be a reboot of anything, but an original movie. ANNND it’s not a good enough movie for any of that to seem like homage when you watch it, even if it was meant that way.
    I don’t make a dime from talking about it. Just reminded of it by the clown image with this story. It raises some interesting questions about creativity in so-called original films, and about the enjoyability of some that at least pretend to be something we haven’t seen before.
    It’s a good bad movie, which is something the higher-budgeted ‘Poltergeist’ redo is less likely to be. But then I feel like I’ve said this before.

  6. “David Lindsay-Abaire, the playwright/screenwriter behind projects varying from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and movie adaptation Rabbit Hole (which, for those unaware, is about a couple grieving the loss of their child)”

    That last part gives me hope. To me, the effectiveness of the original Poltergeist is that the Supernatural/Horror angle was really more of a backdrop to a movie that was really about a family in crisis. I think THAT’s why it resonated so well with the audience. People could see themselves in the Frehley Family.

    A missing child is scary enough, then you throw the ghost angle to take it over the edge; “Our child has been kidnapped and we don’t know who (what) has her!” THAT’s the real story in Poltergeist; a family trying to hold it together through an INSANE situation.

    The big failure with the remakes is that they’re being done by people who don’t GET the source material!

    Here’s hoping this guy does!

  7. Well Mr Raimi I Hope It’s Good

  8. I don’t absolutely believe that a remake WILL be BAD.
    I don’t believe a remake is really necessary.
    I definitely think a remake won’t bring anything new to the table.

    I’ve enjoyed some recent remakes (even when everyone around me trashed them). But for some reason, Poltergeist is untouchable for me.

    Could the SFX be better? Sure, it’s pretty dated. But is that a valid justification for a remake?

    Could the acting be better? Possibly.. but the original is fresh and, well, original.

    Could the music be better? Sure, it can always be better.. but not with any of the people presently working in Hollywood. No one alive right now will write a better score than Jerry Godsmith did. For film music, the score to Poltergeist is a masterpiece.

    The cinematography?
    The framing?
    Art direction?
    Sound work?

    None of the above really justifies a remake.

    And to think there are SO many great books and short stories out there that WOULD make great films!
    Does Sam Raimi have to prove how much of a hack he is by just remaking someone else’s film?
    I’d much rather he prove my opinion of him wrong and demonstrate true vision and talent with something new and fresh.

  9. Why bother remaking this now? There are so many haunted house movies out now with spooky kids in them, they get released once a week!

    Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Dream house, Silent house, Insidious, Amityville, the woman in black, dont be afraid of the dark, the list goes on!

    Remaking this movie has no relevance at all in cinema right now, Paranormal activity seems to be going down the Saw route so anything remotely scary about living in a haunted house will be used up by them!

    Bore off haunted house movies!!

  10. Poltergeist was a really great movie, and while I would watch a remake, I don’t think one can improve on the original, and so we probably don’t need a remake. Lots of other good horror books they could make a decent movie out of instead, and let the classic original stay it’s own exclusive icon.

  11. If they remake Poltergeist they should combine the best of the first two movies together. I would love to see that creepy Quaker dude make a comeback. – Reverend Henry Kane – What a demented bastard! The stuff of nightmares!!!