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'Monster House' Helmer Gil Kenan To Direct 'Poltergeist' Remake

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 6, 2013 at 10:52PM

So this whole "Poltergeist" remake has been brewing for a while now, and last we heard things were potentially promising as it looked like Sam Raimi was kicking the tires on the project as something he might direct. Well, he's still producing, but the man they've selected for the job to take on one of the most iconic horror movies of all time? Gil Kenan.
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Poltergeist Gil Kenan

So this whole "Poltergeist" remake has been brewing for a while now, and last we heard things were potentially promising as it looked like Sam Raimi was kicking the tires on the project as something he might direct. Well, he's still producing, but the man they've selected for the job to take on one of the most iconic horror movies of all time? Gil Kenan.

Who? Well, he helmed the animated "Monster House" and his last credit is the 2008 family movie that no one remembers, "City Of Ember". So we're not quite sure what Raimi sees in the guy. Then again, Fede Alvarez was seemingly plucked from obscurity to helm the "Evil Dead" remake and it's shaping up to be one of the most talked about horror movies of the year, so maybe he knows what he's doing. Plus, David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole," "Oz The Great And Powerful") wrote the script, so we'd reckon it will be a fairly decent attempt at Tobe Hooper's movie about a television that happens to be a portal to other worlds and stuff.

Will this be the R-rated, blood soaked version of "Poltergeist," or as Kenan's credits suggest, something you can take the tweens to? Time will soon tell. [Deadline]

This article is related to: Poltergeist, Gil Kenan


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