Shock Till You Drop is reporting that the remake of Tobe Hooper's classic 1982 ghost film, Poltergeist, has been set a release date of November 24th, 2010 (Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S.). We're still in the dark as far as a cast or production start date, but now we know when MGM is planning to release the remake.
The original Poltergeist was directed by Hooper and co-written, produced and overseen by Steven Spielberg. The film is about a family who were haunted in their house (which was built on an Indian burial ground) by ghosts that end up "kidnapping" the young daughter of the family. As stated, there's not many details on the remake, including how close it will follow the original's story. My guess is that in the vein of, for example, the horrible Amityville Horror remake, the story won't change that drastically.
Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) has already been tapped to direct the remake, with Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Boogeyman, Knowing) reportedly on-board to write the screenplay. Although Perelman garnered some critical acclaim with House of Sand and Fog (it got three Oscar nominations), that's not exactly in the same genre as a Poltergeist movie. And the writing duo (although they wrote the enjoyable enough Knowing) doesn't exactly inspire much confidence, especially because they did Boogeyman - I will despair if this Poltergeist remake is as bad as that movie. The pair's writing credits also include the remake of another horror classic, The Birds.
When will it end?...
Like many, I had hoped that doing a Poltergeist remake was just an idea - a property the studio had acquired as an option but wouldn't actually do anything with. No such luck. This is just one of many unnecessary horror remakes that have been made and are still in the works. Every so often a decent one comes along (The Ring personally comes to mind), but those are very few and far between (it would take a while to list off all of the bad ones).
Until some inspiring details get released about Poltergeist, I'm going to expect it to suck. There's little that has taught me to think any differently.
Are you looking forward to this Poltergeist remake?
As stated, it is set for a November 24th, 2010 release.
Sources: ShockTillYouDrop via /Film