MGM Taps 'Monster House' Director for 'Poltergeist' Remake

Posted 10:19 PM March 6th, 2013 by Binh Ngo

MGM's Poltergeist remake is moving forward with Monster House's Gil Kenan at the helm, Deadline has learned. He will direct from a script last touched by Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.

Sam Raimi is producing the movie along with Roy Lee, Nathan Kahane, and Robert Tapert.

Judging by Kenan's two previous films, Monster House and City of Ember, his work leaned toward children-friendly fare. Looks like he's ready to graduate to more mature stuff.

It's not known how closely the redo will follow the 1982 movie about a family who moved into a neighborhood built on burial ground. Maybe instead of the spirits emerging from televisions, they will now be coming out of smartphones and tablets.

With a director set, it won't be long until the movie begins casting.

Binh Ngo's Latest Blog Entries:

Warner Bros. unveiled its superhero movies earlier this week and as expected, they will be centered on Justice League and its main members. We talk about that...
In a shareholders meeting early this week, Warner Bros. has revealed its slate of tentpoles in the coming years, and, as expected, it's heavy on superhero...
We thought Marvel had got their Sorcerer Supreme when Joaquin Phoenix entered "final talks" for the role back in August, but those talks are "dead dead dead,"...
According to TheWrap, Javier Bardem is in "early talks" to play one of the bad guys in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He would play Captain...
The third Ghostbusters won't be a sequel, but a complete reboot led by a female cast. We discuss that and more on this week's Download.

More Poltergeist News