Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big  Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz Watch: First Trailer For Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' First Look: Cobie Smulders & Guy Pearce In Andrew Bujalski's 'Results' 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Watch: Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain Are At War In First Trailer For 'A Most Violent Year' Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Review: 'The Maze Runner' Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Will Poulter And More Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey Won’t Be Back For ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ Director Says Sequel Will Be “Very Different” David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' David Fincher Says He Shouldn't Have Directed 'The Game,' Dislikes Superhero Movies & Talks "Crazy" '20,000 Leagues' Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass Are Returning To The 'Bourne' Series First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' First Look: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea' The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The Best, Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 2 ‘The Good Listener’ The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

'Rabbit Hole' Scribe David Lindsay-Abaire Offered 'Poltergeist' Remake Writing Gig

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 8, 2011 at 5:11AM

What better way to come out of bankruptcy than with a whole bunch of blockbuster films and remakes? That's the plan MGM is taking, backing "The Hobbit," "James Bond 23" and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” And though they denied it at the time, earlier this year it was revealed that the studio was dusting off a bunch of old movies for new versions with "Robocop," "Mr. Mom," "The Idolmaker," "Carrie" and "Poltergeist" were in various stages of development. For "The Idolmaker," Ryan Gosling has already stepped in and out of the director's chair while "Carrie" now has a writer on board. And it looks like "Poltergeist" is seeking a writer too.
4


What better way to come out of bankruptcy than with a whole bunch of blockbuster films and remakes? That's the plan MGM is taking, backing "The Hobbit," "James Bond 23" and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” And though they denied it at the time, earlier this year it was revealed that the studio was dusting off a bunch of old movies for new versions with "Robocop," "Mr. Mom," "The Idolmaker," "Carrie" and "Poltergeist" were in various stages of development. For "The Idolmaker," Ryan Gosling has already stepped in and out of the director's chair while "Carrie" now has a writer on board. And it looks like "Poltergeist" is seeking a writer too.

Vulture reports and has confirmed with the man himself, that Pulitizer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire of "Rabbit Hole" fame has been offered the job of writing the remake/reboot. While he stresses no deal has been made and that he's not sure he even wants to do it, apparently he will be given carte blanch to take the movie in whatever direction he wants (presumably before the suits get scared and hire some hack to rewrite it).

We can see why Lindsay-Abaire is hesitant -- the original is fine, and a remake is kind of ridiculous idea. But blockbuster stuff is not out of the question for the writer. He was recently hired to pen "Rise Of The Guardians" for DreamWorks Animation and he also penned Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful." His previous credits include "Inkheart" and "Robots." Will he, won't he? Time will tell, but let's hope he moves on to something more worth his time.

This article is related to: Films, David Lindsay-Abaire, Poltergeist


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates