Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Talks POLTERGEIST Remake, Tone, Script Progress, and More

     November 9, 2012


Earlier today, Steve spoke with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire about the upcoming film (you can click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie).  Lindsay-Abaire is also writing the upcoming remake of Tobe Hooper‘s 1982 classic horror film, Poltergeist, which is being produced by Sam Raimi.  During the interview, Lindsay-Abaire spoke about his progress developing the script, the tone he’s going for, capturing the emotion of the original, and the film’s priority for the studio.

Hit the jump for a transcript of what Lindsay-Abaire had to say.

poltergeist-posterCollider:  One of the ones you’re working on that I’m very excited about is Poltergeist.  How is that going?  Are you still working on it?  Can you give fans an update?

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE: [laughs] Well, you know there’s not too much I can say.  I will say that I handed in a second draft and people are incredibly excited about it.  They’re not the director, but they’re in search of a director.  I will also say that there are very few people who are as obsessed with the original movie as I am, so I would try to write a script that I would want to see as a fan.  I will say that.

When you wrote it, did you write it more for a PG-13 or an R?

LINDSAY-ABAIRE:  [hesitates] My version is not a gory, horrible…it’s tonally similar to the first movie, and that’s sort of family-friendly-esque with some real, genuine scares in it.  It’s not Saw if that’s what you’re asking.  I’m not trying to turn it into something else.

One of the most famous scenes in Poltergeist is under the bed.  For those who haven’t seen it, I won’t say more than that.  But as a kid, that scared the shit out of me.  Was that a scene that meant a lot for you?

LINDSAY-ABAIRE: That scene and that vibe meant a tremendous amount to me, and that was the thing I was trying to emulate most in my draft.  That movie also has some much-needed humor in it and some emotion in it, so all of that exists.

Has the studio said anything about when they want to film this?  Is it a priority for them?

LINDSAY-ABAIRE: It’s definitely a priority for them.  As far as the “when” of it, I don’t know what that means, but they have said in no uncertain terms that it is a priority for them.

Look for the full interview with David Lindsay-Abaire soon.


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  • dad

    what’s the point of this when you have Insidious doing a similar take but probably a much better one.

  • Old Soldier

    Justin Reed: No one has made more sense on this web site. EVER!

  • DDGmike

    “This is the most awesome idea!” …said no one ever.

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  • Twowolves

    They already did a remake. It was called Paranormal Activity.

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  • bearmon2010

    Wow.. some of you are very negative. Just enjoy the remake and reboot.. No big deal! I can’t wait!500377

  • Hunter

    I’m very anxious to see a remake(that starts with Carol Anne being born in the house), but being a fan of sequels (as long as they’re well written) I’d like too see a part 4, where Carol Anne is grown up and has a child around her age (when the original happened) when she was a child. Suddenly the dead “Believers” feel another way of getting the energy source they were wanting from Carol Anne, through her child. Otherwise, if they do a remake of the original (which would be cool if they start off how i suggested), I’d also like to see a part 2 follow-up remake also. That way they can incorporate and explain the indian & pilgram history that involved the family and their house.