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 »

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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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MGM, which is remaking movies left and right, wants to do a new version of Poltergeist. We’ve known that for some time, and over the past year the story got interesting with news of the involvement of playwright and Rabbit Hole writer David Lindsay-Abaire and then the addition of Sam Raimi. (The former of whom did work on Raimi’s later Spider-Man efforts, and also on his Oz: The Great and Powerful.)

Raimi’s role was quickly clarified as that of producer rather than director. But a new piece on Lindsay-Abaire suggests that Raimi is directing the film after all. Read More »

It’s a nice slow day for remake news, which means we only have a couple stories instead of a big page full. After the break,

  • Sam Raimi promises a wildly bloody Evil Dead remake,
  • He also says Poltergeist is moving along, if slowly,
  • Delayed Ninja Turtles seems to have had a pretty dire original script, according to one review,
  • And original Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven calls the remake “not very good.”

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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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Conan the BarbarianThe ThingPoltergeistThe Road WarriorStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and that’s just the beginning. Yes, the Summer of 1982 was probably the best one in the history of movies and that’s why the Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating with a summer long, 30th anniversary celebration screening a slew of the most exciting films released that year. Plus, there’s now a significant update jumping off last month’s announcement.

Tickets for the first screening, Conan the Barbarian, go on sale Tuesday morning along with a limited number of passes that’ll get you into eight of the screenings. Second, the series has expanded significantly, adding films such as The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Vice Squad, The Secret of Nimh, Friday the 13th Part 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, Pink Floyd: The Wall and more. Third, Blade Runner will not be screened (bummer).

And finally, in accordance with the /Film sponsored screening of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial on June 8 (tickets on sale May 25) we’re proud to exclusively debut the Mondo poster for the film by artist Dan McCarthy. Check out the poster, the important links, full lineup and more after the jump. Read More »

After giving the matter much thought, folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX have decided that the summer of 1982 is perhaps the best summer in history for big, fun movies. That’s a difficult point to argue, given that the summer saw the release of Conan the Barbarian, The Thing, Poltergeist, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and more.

The Alamo Drafthouse has decided to recreate the release schedule of that summer, and starting on May 11 will be screening the big films of the Summer of ’82 in 35mm, on the weekends corresponding to their original release date.

The company is partnering with a collection of movie websites to co-host each of the screenings, and on June 8, /Film will co-host a screening of Steven Spielberg’s enduring ‘boy meets alien’ classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. I’m excited to have the chance to introduce one of Spielberg’s signature movies.

Get all the info on the current screening schedule below, and see a great trailer created to announce the program. 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 »

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