Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has signed Vadim Perelman to direct its forthcoming relaunch of the Poltergeist franchise.

Perelman previously directed House Of Sand And Fog and The Life Before Her Eyes and is currently working on AMC drama pilot Ice.

Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President, Production and Luke Ryan, Vice President, Production, are overseeing the project for MGM.

'We are excited to have Vadim direct Poltergeist, a title which already has a built-in movie-going audience,' said Boyter. 'With his established track record, we look forward to having him lead the creative direction on this new character-based horror project that will utilize the original film as a jumping off point.'

The original Poltergeist film was released by MGM in 1982 and earnedthree Oscar nominations. The new script is being written now by JulietSnowden and Stiles White.

Perelman is represented by CAA, Simon Millar of Rumble Media and attorneys Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren and Richman.