With news that Gil Kenan (Monster House) will be directing MGM’s reboot of Poltergeist, you can finally put to rest the rumors of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) sitting in the captain’s chair. Raimi will still be behind the scenes as a producer on the remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic horror film. Written by committee, the most recent adaptation has seen work by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Juliet Snowden (The Possession), Stiles White (Boogeyman) and Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). That’s quite the mix of horror writers in there, with Lindsay-Abaire holding it down for the familial aspect of the story that centers on a suburban home possessed by spirits. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Kenan will indeed be directing the Poltergeist reboot, but few other details are available. Kenan, best known for his Oscar-nominated feature Monster House, only helmed one other feature in his career: 2008’s adaptation of the Jeanne Duprau novel City of Ember.
Check out the trailer and poster for the original Poltergeist below: