I find myself saying this against all odds, but I’m looking forward to the Poltergeist remake. Is it likely to match the 1982 original from Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg? No. But it has a great cast in Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris (I’ll forgive him for The Quiet Ones) and the trailers (domestic and international) actually make it look like a supernatural horror film that lays claim to a sense of scope we don’t get enough of these days. If it weren’t called Poltergeist I’d have no marks against it, really. And now it’s opening early. The 20th Century Fox and MGM film, produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Gil Kenan from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire will now open on May 22nd, more than two months before its initial date of July 24th.
Fox has also moved Spy, the new film from Paul Feig starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude Law. That film, which has a nice green band trailer and a better red band trailer, will now unspool on June 5th, two weeks later than its original date of May 22nd (which you may have noticed is the new Poltergeist date). This looks to be the last of the slapstick Feig/McCarthy movies for the foreseeable future since we’re hearing that their upcoming Ghostbusters reboot will be tonally darker than the original.
Inheriting the old Poltergeist release date of July 24th is Paper Towns. The adaptation of the John Green novel written by The Fault In Our Stars screenwriters Scott Neustadter and directed by directed by Robot & Frank helmer Jake Schreier was originally supposed to open on June 5th but likely needs the extra few weeks to wrap up post production since it was always going to be a race to get it ready in time for summer anyway.