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description: “In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of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]
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 »
Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
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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The three thematically-related films in Park Chan-Wook‘s so-called Vengeance Trilogy helped the director gain worldwide attention. The series’ middle chapter, Oldboy, is the film that really elevated Park’s status, and it has already been remade. (Spike Lee’s version of Oldboy opens in October.) The third “Vengeance” film, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, has also been optioned for a remake, with Charlize Theron producing and possibly starring as a woman who enacts a complex, patient plan to exact revenge.
But the first film in the loose trilogy, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, has so far escaped remake efforts. Now Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment have partnered with di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment to make an English-language version. There is an extensive set of producers on the film, but no writer, director, or cast at this point. The key person to pay attention to might be di Bonaventura, who is a producer on the Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Red film series.
The original film followed a deaf-mute factory worker who goes to extreme lengths to help his sister attain a kidney transplant, and who is drawn into a complex web of crime and revenge plots as a result. Deadline says the remake follows ” two men who are bound by their common sense of loss and headed on a collision course of revenge,” which could certainly describe the original plot. Some details will almost certainly change, however.
After the break, details emerge about the Poltergeist remake that will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), and there’s a shred of info about the possible Seven Samurai remake. Read More »
Glow in the dark inks on a poster can be hit or miss. In the best cases, they act as almost a night light, revealing a beautiful second image that’s invisible in the day time. On the other hand, some are so subtle and light, it’s almost as if they don’t glow in the dark at all. And maybe that’s a good thing.
The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY will surely have a little of both in their latest exhibit, When The Lights Go Out, which opens April 12. Over 60 artists have made brand new pieces with glow in the dark inks, which will be displayed at all hours via a new installation of blacklights.
Some of the topics of the art include 2001: A Space Odyssey (above), The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, Where the Wild Things Are, Tron, Poltergeist, Time Bandits and more. It looks like a very fun show. Check out a selection of art below.
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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 »
Remakes live, die and get defended in this edition of Remake Bits. After the jump, read about the following:
- David Lindsay-Abaire gives an update of the Poltergiest remake.
- Sharlto Copley eases fan misconceptions about Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
- Chris Tucker is in talks for the remake of the French smash The Intouchables.
- Larry Clarke said a remake of Mona Lisa is dead.
- Paul Verhoeven believes the failure of the Total Recall remake could have killed a Starship Troopers remake.
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