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Of the many, many remakes on MGM's roster over the next couple of years is that of Tobe Hooper's 'Poltergeist.' The new version will be directed by Gil Kenan ('Monster House') who has officially begun the casting process. The film could start shooting as early as September in Toronto. Today, it appears the first plot details for the remake have arrived online. According to sources at Bloody Disgusting...
"The new version follows Eric Bowen and his family who, after he loses his job, relocate to a new town to start anew. His daughter, Madison, is abducted, making him truly understand what’s important in life: family. In the new version, Eric’s wife, Amy, can communicate with the dead."
But that's not all...
"Another interesting new character is Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts “Haunted House Cleaners.” The supernatural doesn’t scare this guy. Dr. Brooke Powell is Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university.Her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl."
I guess I'm not sure what I was expecting here. My first reaction is that this plot sounds eerily similar to that of, you know, the original. It's almost like a "names have been changed to protect the innocent" type situation. The only thing that sounds remotely different is the fact that the paranormal investigator, a character previously immortalized by the late/great Zelda Rubenstein, is now a TV personality. That's fine, I guess, but I hope that doesn't lead to the inclusion of the now cliched found footage gimmick. That being said, the little girl in the original was abducted via the television so there may be a nice thematic parallel there. So yeah, not hugely different overall, but then I'm sure too much deviation from the classic story would have lead to even more backlash so they were facing an uphill battle either way. I'm still optimistic thanks to the involvement of Kenan. I have a feeling directing 'Monster House' will more than aptly prepare him to make the jump to helming this haunted house movie.
What do you guys think? Does this plot interest you? Is it too similar to that of the original? If it was wildly different, would that have been ok with you?
Source: Bloody Disgusting