The rumors of a Poltergeist remake have been floating around for awhile, but no one took them terribly seriously. And rightly so: every day one studio or director or filmmaker or another announces that they'd pleased as punch to make some film, and then we never hear about it ever again. Well, guess what: MGM just announced a release date.
Shocktillyoudrop reports that MGM has finally set a release date, thus suggesting that this remake is more than a fickle whim of some executive:
ShockTillYouDrop.com has learned that MGM's planned remake of Tobe Hooper's classic '80s haunted house movie Poltergeist has received a release date of November 24, 2010, Thanksgiving weekend. With director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) attached since last September, the production has been in development a long time with a script surfacing last year, but so far, no cast has been announced and no information about where or when they might start filming.
This really shouldn't surprise anyone considering the fact that every film made before 1995 is getting remade/rebooted at this point.
Tobe Hooper directed the original Poltergeist, but it should be noted that Steven Spielberg micromanaged that film from start to finish. It's probably no accident that nothing Hooper made after Poltergeist ever took off -- it's hard to fly solo after Spielberg's been your wingman.
So is anybody excited about this? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?