In 1982, Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist was rated PG. There’s no real violence, no real language so that rating sort of made sense. A PG rating probably let parents think the movie was family appropriate. Of course, we know that it’s not. It’s a horrifying movie, putting kids in all kinds of peril and if it was released today, it almost surely would have been rated at least PG-13.
Over thirty years later, Poltergeist has been remade and, according to one of its stars, it might be more inline with that original rating rather than the original movie. Sam Rockwell said the new film, directed by Gil Kenan and set for release July 24, 2015, is “more of a kids movie.” He said it’s not as scary as something like The Conjuring and is basically an “adventure.” Interesting. Read more Poltergeist remake news below. Read More »
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The original Poltergeist was at the beginning of a ratings controversy that ended up creating the PG-13 rating, as the intense film went out as a PG movie. Now the remake, which is set for release next summer, is evidently way too hardcore for a PG. The 2015 Poltergeist is rated PG-13. Read More »
Sorry folks, no new Matthew Vaughn film this year. After a stellar presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Fox has moved Vaughn’s comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth from October of this year into February 2015. It’ll now occupy the slot another Fox film, the Poltergeist remake, originally held.
That film, directed by Gil Kenan, will now open July 24, 2015, making it the big horror movie of next Summer. Read more about the Kingsman and Poltergeist remake release dates below. Read More »
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]
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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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.
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 »