Although MGM has been pushing it for years now, Poltergeist is one of the few remaining ’80s horror franchises that has yet to get a modern update. As you can probably guess, that isn’t likely to last much longer. First announced back in 2006, House of Sand and Fog director Vadim Perelman was once attached to direct a Poltergeist remake until MGM’s financial crisis put the project on hold indefinitely. Then we heard that Sam Raimi had signed on to produce with a script being written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rabbit Hole). The project went silent again for almost a year, but now this week it appears that the remake is moving forward and they have finally decided on a director: Monster House helmer Gil Kenan.
According to Deadline, Gil Kenan has signed on to direct Poltergeist with Raimi still on board as a producer. There’s no word on whether or not David Lindsay-Abaire’s script is still going to be used, but at this point it seems like a safe assumption. No timeline is mentioned either, although it may become a priority once MGM’s Carrie remake gets released.
Aside from Monster House, Kenan’s only other directorial credit is the decent but forgettable family adventure film City of Ember. In both cases, he has shown a knack for capturing the feel of an ’80s Amblin film, which could be what they are looking for in Poltergeist. There is still a debate over whether or not Spielberg ghost-directed the original, but his influence on the film is undeniable, and perhaps they will attempt to recreate some of that in the remake. What do you think, are you interested in a Poltergeist remake and is Gil Kenan a good choice to direct it?