MGM pacts with Fox on Poltergiest
Production on the horror remake, produced by Sam Raimi, scheduled to begin this autumn.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures has partnered with Fox 2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox, to co-finance and distribute a remake of Poltergeist.
Gil Kenan (Monster House) is set to direct from a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, whose recent credits include Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The film is being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert via Ghost House Pictures alongside Roy Lee. Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producer.
Poltergeistwill be marketed and distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television.
MGM and Twentieth Century Fox continue their longtime partnership as Fox also distributes MGM’s home entertainment product.
In a revisionist take on the 1982 horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
Production is scheduled to begin this autumn.
The original film was written by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper and spawned two sequels.
MGM is currently in production with Paramount on Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson due for release July 25, 2014 as well as the sequel to the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.
The studio has several upcoming films slated for release including Carrie with Sony’s Screen Gems due October 18,; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy with New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. set for December 13; and a remake of RoboCop with Columbia Pictures scheduled for February 7, 2014.