For at least a year now, the internet has been crawling with low key rumors about Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s 80’s foray into the horror genre, Poltergeist, being remade. The rumor mill has see-sawed back and forth as to whether there’ll simply be a sequel or a complete remake, and the verdict is finally in. According to Bloody-Disgusting:
We can now 100% CONFIRM – without a shadow of a doubt – that Mandate Pictures will be producing the remake for MGM.
There we have it folks, in black and white, there’s a remake on the way! Production will be held off until the WGA strike has been sorted out, so keep your eyes peeled for further information early next year.
However, the green lighting of Poltergeist‘s remake isn’t really that surprising. After all, the current trend seems to be to remake as many of the horrors from the 70’s and 80’s as possible in the next two years. Child’s Play, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser and now Poltergeist, the list seems like it’ll never end. If things keep going the way they’re going, we may as well just hit the video store and stay in for the night, rather than heading to the movie theater. They’ll both basically be showing the same thing, only one will be the original (and more than likely the better) version and one will be painful to watch with over the top effects and the soul destroying butchery of some fond memories.