Poltergeist Remake Delayed

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For those you who outraged by the news that a Poltergeist remake was coming – you can now breath a little easier. Well, at least for a while longer. Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that MGM’s remake of the classic 1982 ghost-horror has been pushed back from its original November 24th, 2010 release date to an undetermined date in 2011.

As far as we know, House of Sand and Fog director, Vadim Perelman, is still set to helm the Poltergeist update, and Knowing writers, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are still writing the screenplay. With the film being at MGM, my immediate reaction was this delay might have something to do with their recent financial difficulties. However, we now have an official reason for the delay, as the studio contacted Bloody-Disgusting directly to tell them the film’s set to start production sometime in early 2010, and they simply couldn’t get it done and dusted in time for its original November release.

Ah, and here was me hoping it would be delayed indefinitely and then scrapped altogether. No such luck, I suppose. At least we’ll have a few more months (and I imagine it won’t be much longer than that) to cherish the original before we have to see ads for the remake everywhere we look. I said it when the original release date got announced: Poltergeist is just one of those film’s that really doesn’t need to be remade.

I don’t see the idea benefiting greatly from an updated telling, even after 27 years have passed. The original Poltergeist holds up well even now, and I imagine a lot of the current moviegoing audience have seen it, so I don’t think it’s a valid reason to say that a remake will (re)introduce people to the story. As always, I’m willing to give it a chance but my expectations are low at this point – past (horror) remakes have conditioned me to think that way.

Are you glad the Poltergeist remake has been delayed? Do you think the original should be updated or left alone?

As stated, Poltergeist is set to start production in early 2010, and now has a release date of sometime in 2011. We’ll keep you posted on the exact date.

Source: Bloody-Disgusting

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  1. it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid! When I watch it now… it still scares the crap out of me.

    So I am in agreement. Remake = Unnecessary

  2. Why is there a need for remakes of awesome films? Is the only reason they’re doing this is because they feel as though they can up the ante on the whole special effects front?

    No-one cares. Leave it alone, Hollywood.

  3. Maybe if we’re lucky, it’ll be delayed, indefinitely… lol.

  4. Poltergiest is very similar to what lies beneath, neither are real horror films, but both have a good story, however one ends with a nice well put together twist. Poltergeist has a great bathroom scene letting the stranger knows hes weak and not welcomed. And theres the coffins rising, nothing worse than raiders of the ark scene with marion getting stuck in the tomb of the lost souls
    however there are these unfortunate mistakes most of them renditioned from platinum dunes or Micheal Bays company:
    The fog, halloween(rob zombie), texas chainsaw, friday 13th, amytville horror

  5. imdb says Poltergeist Remake release date 2013 don`t know if this is correct but i does say it take a look.

  6. I cant tell you how happy i was when Nov 24th came and went with no REMAKE !! i am 35 and first watched this movie when i was 8 and since then i have watched this movie at leat one a week to THIS day….
    dont know what it is about this movie that has me in a total tranze but i LOVE IT !!!!! it does not need remade… if that horrable day does come to pass i can assure you that i will NEVER watch it…. i love the original movie so much i had the DVD cover pic tattoed on my shouler, its AWSESOME


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