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Briefly: The Sam Raimi-produced, Gil Kenan-directed remake of Poltergeist has just been given a release date. It’ll hit theaters in just over a year, on February 13, 2015. And what’s better for a romantic date on Valentine’s Day weekend than a scary movie? The film stars Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell in the two lead roles, with Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun and Kyle Catlett in supporting roles. Read more about the film here.

20th Century Fox also dated the third Planet of the Apes prequel, directed by Matt Reeves, for July 29, 2016 and Night at the Museum 3 for December 19 this year. [BO Mojo]

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Mad Men and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows star Jared Harris has just been cast in Gil Kenan‘s upcoming remake of Poltergeist. That piece of information has two deeper layers of meaning. First, it’s a good week to be Jared Harris. The actor was also just cast in Guy Ritchie’s The Man of U.N.C.L.E. Second, Harris is playing the host of a fictional TV show called Haunted House Cleaners, which shows a pretty major deviation from Tobe Hooper’s original film.

Nicholas Braun, who appeared in Red State, is also in talks to join the film along with co-star of The Following, Kyle Catlett. Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell will star.

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Sam Rockwell in Early Talks for ‘Poltergeist’

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Briefly: You can complain about the idea of a remake of Poltergeist, but there’s not much bad to say about the cast for the movie so far. Rosemarie DeWitt was the first cast, and now Sam Rockwell is in talks for a role in the remake, says The Wrap. Rockwell is choosing between this and other films, but the site says he’s the top choice on MGM and producer Sam Raimi’s list, and that Rockwell likes the idea of working with Raimi.

Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). The Wrap says Rockwell would be the husband in the Bowen household, with DeWitt playing his wife. Their daughter Madison is “abducted by supernatural forces that trap her in the netherworld between life and death.” Based on this report, the story  features the Bowens standing in for the Freelings of the original film, but we still don’t know how closely this film will resemble the Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg original.

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Briefly: The new version of Poltergeist, to be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) has found its first victim, er, resident. Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men, United States of Tara) will take the lead female role. David Lindsay-Abaire scripted, and we’ve heard the film might be a semi-remake/semi-sequel, vaguely in the vein of the recent Evil Dead re-do. The specific story details are unconfirmed, and I’ll let you explore them here to prevent spoilers.

When MGM officially announced the new version, a press release offered this story description: “In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.” [Deadline]

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The long-in-development remake of Poltergeist is officially moving forward. MGM and Fox 2000 will co-finance and distribute film, billed as a “revisionist take on the classic horror film.” Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz The Great and Powerful). Sam Raimi is among the producers and production starts this Fall.  Read More »

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The distinctions between “reboot,” “remake,” and “sequel” aren’t always clear. It’s possible for a film to serve as one of those things while technically being categorized as another, or even to fit all three descriptions at the same time.

The new Poltergeist coming from MGM seems like it might be one of those projects that kind of works at all three. While it’s previously been categorized as a remake, a newly emerged plot details suggest it may also be a sequel of sorts to previous films. Hit the jump to get the latest info.

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There has been speculation about MGM’s remake of Poltergeist for a long time now. It reached a height when Sam Raimi was announced as a producer, and once we thought there was a chance he would direct. But now MGM has announced the studio’s choice for director: Gil Kenan, who directed the animated film Monster House and the YA adaptation City of Ember. Read More »

Shia LaBeouf may be out of the Transformers franchise, but the young actor is hardly wanting for work. He’s wrapped John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World, is currently shooting Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, and is now attached to star in an offbeat romcom going by the working title A Giant. Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct from his own script, which revolves around a girl who’s unlucky in money and love. When she moves back home with her brother, she forms a relationship with her next-door-neighbor — “a 20-foot-tall man-child” (LaBeouf).

LaBeouf was reportedly in the running to star in Fox’s Frankenstein, which is being directed by Shawn Levy, but ultimately chose A Giant over the horror adaptation. No start date for A Giant has been announced, but LaBeouf’s involvement should help the project get going. [Variety]

After the jump, New Line picks up Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy, and Nic Cage remakes a French thriller.

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