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20 August 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre… and now Poltergeist. That’s right folks, another beloved horror franchise is getting the remake treatment and we’re not sure how we should be feeling about it.

While some such re-imaginings have been utter dross (Rob Zombie's Halloween, for example), others have actually been pretty darn good (Zack Snyder's Dawn Of The Dead) and following some rather scary footage of Friday The 13th as seen at Empire Movie-Con this past weekend, it looks as though some could actually surpass their predecessors.

But the news that a Poltergeist script commission for Boogeyman scribes Juliet Snowden and Stiles White fills us with a little bit of dread, mostly because these are the self-same scribblers who have been tasked with re-writing Hitchcock’s The Birds.

MGM is planning to revisit director Tobe Hooper and producer/co-writer Steven Spielberg 1982 horror film in the hope that it will recreate the $122 million worldwide gross that the original earned.

There’s no word on cast or director yet but the story (in which a suburban home built over an Indian burial ground is infested with nasty spooks) looks set to remain in place.

No release date is set yet but we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest developments.

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Insted of Remaking these films they should just Re-release it at cinemas for people who never got to see them at the cinema More

Posted by hombrepoo at 15:01 on 23 August 2008 | Report This Post

when it comes to horror cgi sucks ass and people who decide to remake classics suck ass too! More

Posted by hombrepoo at 15:00 on 23 August 2008 | Report This Post

Empire you got it wrong way round
Nispel's remake of TTCM was fucking tripe, Zombie's Halloween was ok, but at least the guy's got balls and isn't just another commercials hack trying make good in film. On a serious point, yes all films are there to make money, but the seemingly endless rehash of horror films from the last 30 years is sadly where Hollywood is going - stuck like a crappy LP on remake, reimagine, revisit, reboot, re-fuck off! More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 22:05 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

Watch a good film turn to shit!!!!
The original was good and scary!!!Only because there's cg dosent mean they have to remake every fucking movie out there. More

Posted by delo21 at 15:52 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

ZOMG NOOOO LOLZ!!!111 You'll all watch it so stop moaning. More

Posted by UTB at 15:28 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

horse's arse More

Posted by muchobenny at 13:35 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

3 Letters.....
C.G.I. Um diddly iddly um diddly aye. More

Posted by arronskie at 12:10 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

PARASITES!!!!
These people really should be ashamed of themselves for taking the easy option and going for remakes and unneccessary updates. It just proves that they can't come up with an original idea between them and that the idea was probably conceived after a 'drunken' night out, ie. 2 Coronas and a (shared) shot of tequila. They seem to think that 'older' films - particularly horror films - are there to rape and pillage as they see fit. I'd really like to know what our film critics think of these para More

Posted by Hands Randall at 12:06 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

PARASITES!!!!
These people really should be ashamed of themselves for taking the easy option and going for remakes and unneccessary updates. It just proves that they can't come up with an original idea between them and that the idea was probably conceived after a 'drunken' night out, ie. 2 Coronas and a (shared) shot of tequila. They seem to think that 'older' films - particularly horror films - are there to rape and pillage as they see fit. I'd really like to know what our film critics think of these para More

Posted by Hands Randall at 12:06 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

POINTLESS
Absolute pointless i agree with every one whos commented about this there is no need to remake this film at all. The original by Spielberg is as good as your gonna get this film. There is nothing wrong with the original at all. More

Posted by Seth_Gecko at 10:18 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

WHY????
This remake madness has to stop, NOW!! There is nothing , nothing wrong with Poltergeist and the only reason this is being remade is purely for money. and why would Speilberg let this happen ?The original is pretty much his movie anyway. We, the movie going public have to stop these remakes by not going to see them!! More

Posted by rusty31 at 03:26 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

Jesus H Christ Chief...
Sheeeit! More

Posted by thegavnor at 00:56 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Poltergeist To Get The Remake Treatment
Would this be the first remake of a 'Spielberg' firm? I was under the impression he was quite protective of his creations. More

Posted by fuzzy at 00:47 on 21 August 2008 | Report This Post

The original was quite shit anyway, so I wouldn't say I'm filled with dread 'cause I couldn't really give a fuck. It's The Birds remake we should be up in arms about More

Posted by eoghan at 21:19 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Vito_Andolini   2019 Summer Schedule: The Matrix starring Freddie Highmore Hostel Childs Play Planet of the Apes Remake Remake King Kong Remake Remake Remake Saw XVI hool Musical XXVe]   Christ that's a frightening thought sp; How many more remakes are we gonna get More

Posted by paul.mccluskey at 21:17 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: LAZY WHORES
Oh.............................FUCK THAT!!!! SPEILBERG WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:35 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Mildly Put…
…fuck everybody at MGM!! More

Posted by RoboMan24 at 20:20 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Oh for fffff....!
Here's an idea. Why not take the Poltergeist phenomenon and make a whole new, original movie? Oops, did I just say the 'o' word...? More

Posted by bradthunder at 19:39 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: LAZY WHORES
L: Spaldron Chances are though the remake will just be an excuse to update the special effects and restart the franchise $$$. adly, very true. The studio's just taking a punt in the hope of a payday. I can't see the writers of Boogeyman being the artistic talent capable of reimagining one of the 80's most iconic horror movies, though. What with this and the proposed Bill Hicks biopic, its a bad news day. More

Posted by rupert303 at 19:09 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

?
Why? Why? Oh Why? While i didn't think the scary was that scary, the film is a classic just because it tells the story. And who do they get to follow the Genius that is Spielberg with the dosey shites that scribed Boogeyman! I'm not against making remakes (The Thing, The Fly, Oceans Eleven all great remakes) but why dont Movie Makers consult critics or fans regarding remakes. Some film definately deserve a remake, such as Clash of the Titans and Highlander, but that's because they CAN be made b More

Posted by johnwhelan85 at 18:00 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

I dont understand how anybody can consider Poltergeist a classic it was always rubbish and never scary. More

Posted by bcollin1 at 17:18 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

poltergeist..check
right, thats checked off the list, whats next on the list? Teen Wolf Goonies Back to the Future and Joe Vs the Volcano More

Posted by ryanh75 at 16:53 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: LAZY WHORES
I know this will upset some people but I never found Poltergiest very scary, it comes across more like a showcase for ILM at the time. The sequel was much better I thought, especially the creepy dude who follows Carol-anne everywhere. And the first one didnt have that cool Indian guy. Dont forget the Dawn of the Dead remake which was comparable to the original. Chances are though the remake will just be an excuse to update the special effects and restart the franchise $$$. More

Posted by Spaldron at 16:30 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

LAZY WHORES
This is getting ridiculous, really. Havent they learnt that every remake they do is really bad? (not including "proper" remakes like The Fly or The Thing). More

Posted by rich at 16:16 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Honestly......
........is Hollywood that hard up for new ideas they have to start remaking/re-imagining everything? I have a perfectly good original screenplay sitting here waiting to be snapped up and no-one wants to know. It's a mad mad mad mad mad world. More

Posted by tetchy at 16:04 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Ugh. Let me get this straight. MGM is taking two writers, whose biggest credit is the steamy pile of shit BOOGEYMAN, and having them remake a classic film that was co-written by Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper and starred Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. Am I reading this right? Why doesn't MGM save themselves some time and money and simply mail a nicely wrapped turd to every moviegoer who would consider paying to see this crapfest. More

Posted by notbad at 15:38 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

WARNING!
Young aspiring Hollywood actors: don't even think about joining this project or you'll be CURSED! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 15:23 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

WHYYYYY????
IF IT AIN"T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT! For pity sake people, leave that movie alone, it's genius without your grubby little paws all over it! More

Posted by chargomp at 14:46 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Poltergeist To Get The Remake Treatment
It had to happen, but there's no need. The original is perfect. More

Posted by Kazuya at 14:10 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Couldn't care less anymore
Now this has to be a first, someone remaking a Steven Spielberg movie (oops, sorry, Tobe Hooper).   El Beardio must be loosing his schutzpah. More

Posted by rupert303 at 14:03 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Couldn't care less anymore
You know what? I don't give a s*** anymore. Let Hollywood remake whatever they damn well like, because no amount of bitching on forums is going to stop America from doing what it does best after war and religious hypocrisy - remaking movies (whether other country's or their own) to death. There's not going to be a mass-burning of Poltergeist DVDs when the film comes out. Everyone's just going to go straight back to the original and the remake will be ignored and forgotten. See Halloween, The More

Posted by The Tingler at 13:43 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Oh. Good. Lord
This film is perfect. There is absolutely no need to remake it. GET YOUR OWN IDEAS, YOU LAZY WHORES! I have to stop there though, I'm afraid - or the ranting will never end.......I hope their fucking heads fall off More

Posted by karinflamethrower at 13:26 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: broonie Very disappointed to hear this. The original is one of the genuinly scariest films ever IMO. "Classic" Horror remakes are shit, examples as follows: The Omen remake Amytiville Horror remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake I think the screenwriters and studio execs who have proposed this Poltergiest remake should walk into the light, and have the spirits kick the shit out of them. God forbid if anyone attempts an Evil Dead remake. sp; And there's one of my p More

Posted by hughjass at 13:25 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

I'm surprised Spielberg doesn't have a say in this. The project was pretty close to his heart at the time (he wrote it, and essentially directed it by proxy, so the story goes), so I'd have thought he'd be able to nix any prospective remake. Anyway, cunningmunki is right, this'll be shite and quickly forgotten. More

Posted by britesparc at 13:24 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Re-making Spielberg
Even 'produced / written by' Spielberg is a bad omen...who's up for a Raiders re-do...! More

Posted by echofalls at 13:22 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Very disappointed to hear this. The original is one of the genuinly scariest films ever IMO. "Classic" Horror remakes are shit, examples as follows:   The Omen remake Amytiville Horror remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake   I think the screenwriters and studio execs who have proposed this Poltergiest remake should walk into the light, and have the spirits kick the shit out of them.   God forbid if anyone attempts an Evil Dead remake. More

Posted by broonie at 13:21 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Doing af remake of Poltergeist is borderline blasphemic... What a terrible idea. But on the other hand, the original really lacks goodlooking young actors/actresses/models who couldn't act if their life depended on it.... More

Posted by DanishMovieChick at 13:19 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Low-Rentaghost!
It'll be a 12A probably. I wonder if Yvette Fielding and Derek Acoroh will be in it? I'm still waiting for the Ghoulies and Troll remakes. More

Posted by granny at 13:18 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Jesus Tapdancing Christ... the way things are going, this is what the future holds...   2019 Summer Schedule:   The Matrix starring Freddie Highmore Hostel Childs Play Planet of the Apes Remake Remake King Kong Remake Remake Remake Saw XVI High School Musical XXV More

Posted by Vito_Andolini at 13:10 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Lazy Hollywood arseholes.   More

Posted by Hands Randall at 12:53 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

No, no, no, no, fucking no !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by Severen at 12:29 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Soon forgotten
Don't worry, it'll come out, it'll be shit, no one will be interested in it, and it'll be quickly forgotten. A few years after it's release people will be saying, 'do you remember that really bad remake of Poltergeist?' And people will reply - 'no'. More

Posted by cunningmunki at 12:28 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Is nothing sacred anymore? Jesus Christ Hollywood, do you have ANY originality left?!!!! More

Posted by jinks at 12:22 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

It isn't going to be...
...as scary as the original is it? The cast should start praying the 'curse' of the original doesn't come back. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 12:21 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

oh for fucks sake More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:07 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Another pontness remake
They're here! Question is, why? More

Posted by Bond1971 at 10:54 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

Some Films Should Be Left Alone
Not so keen on this at all More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 10:54 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

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