Looking back at the last info we had on MGM’s proposed remake of Poltergeist, this rumor isn’t very surprising. MGM CEO Roger Birnbaum gave a talk this week at his alma mater, the University of Denver, and dropped a few bits of info about two remakes the studio is working on. One was Carrie, which Birnbaum suggested may have a found-footage angle.

There was also reportedly mention of Poltergeist, a film MGM has been talking about remaking for several years. Of that project, the story goes that Birnbaum said that Sam Raimi is in talks to direct.

Update: THR reveals that Raimi is producing, rather than directing, which makes a lot more sense. As mentioned below, David Lindsay-Abaire is indeed writing the story that “focuses on a family whose house was built on a holy site and whosedaughter is taken by ghosts.” Original article follows.

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Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost are real and it’s their job to protect the children of the world. That’s the basic setup for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming 3D film Rise of the Guardians. The film is directed by Peter Ramsey, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and William Joyce, based on the Guardians of Childhood books from the latter.

Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher and Jude Law, the first trailer for the film has just been released and you can check it out below. Read More »

I’ll say this for MGM: while the company seems hell-bent on using remakes as the springboard back to relevance — a very dodgy strategy — it is at least trying to hand them to some interesting people. RoboCop went to José Padilha, which is flat-out inspired. Carrie went to playwright, comics writer and Spidey Broadway fixer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, which seems smart at the very least, even if the idea of remaking Carrie might be dumb.

Now there’s this: MGM wants David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Oz: The Great and Powerful) to write the Poltergeist remake. Read More »

Sam Raimi‘s Oz revision / prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful, may have a new Wicked Witch of the West, in the form of Mila Kunis. While she was reportedly looking at a key role in Albert Hughes’ live-action Akira (more on that in an article to follow, since there’s a bunch of Akira stuff to talk about) it is look as if she’ll now fly to Oz with Mr. Raimi. And James Franco, recently reported as the key choice for the Wizard after both Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp passed, seems to be confirmed, too. Read More »

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DreamWorks Animation has announced that Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher will voice the 2012 DreamWorks Animation 3D film Rise of the Guardians.
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The Hollywood Reporter has posted their one hour long discussion between 2010 Oscar contenders Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Wait a second, is Due Date really an Awards contender? I guess maybe for the Golden Globes Best Comedy/Musical category, but Phillips does seem like the odd man out in this list of screenwriters (and this is not a slam against Todd, I enjoy his movies). Seems like The Coen Brothers (True Grit), David Seidler (The King’s Speach) or Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go) might have been better choices considering the award-focus.

I’m always excited to watch THR’s series of discussions each year, but they usually only post the more interesting clips and not the entire chat. But this year they decided to post the entire thing. Hit the jump to watch the entire hour and seven minute-long discussion.
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Movie Trailer: ‘Rabbit Hole’

Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole is a drama directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents dealing with the death of their child. It premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival where Lionsgate picked it up to release for Oscar consideration. Well, they aren’t wasting any time. The film will be released December 17 and the trailer just came online. Read More »

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In all the times I’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, I’ve never one wondered how the wizard got there. Maybe that’s just me. Either way, the back story of the man behind the curtain who solves Dorothy and her friend’s problems is the topic of Oz the Great and Powerful, which will be director Sam Raimi’s next project. Besides the fact that Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to be attached to play the lead, we haven’t heard much about the film except that it’s a prequel to the 1939 classic and will be about the wizard coming to Oz. Well, a more detailed plot description has found its way online and I’m confident in saying this is not what anyone had in mind. Read it after the jump. Read More »

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Last time we checked in on Sam Raimi‘s possible directorial gigs, he was primarily waffling between Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful and his still-in-development World of Warcraft movie, with a possible adaptation of the comic book Earp: Saints for Sinners as a long-range backup plan. Now Raimi has reportedly committed to Oz, which will also have a rewrite from high-profile scribe David Lindsay-Abaire. Read More »

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