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Poltergeist remake looking poor?

Poltergeist.jpgThe original Poltergeist was pretty damned scary, of that there is no denying. Written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper might, on paper, sound like a complete disaster, I mean Saving Private Ryan meeting Texas Chainsaw Massacre? However it turned out to be superb, and now they're remaking it.

What's more two writers have just been announced for the project, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, known for writing Boogeyman, Knowing and The Birds remake.

Now although we don't have a director on board for comparison, and no offence meant to the two writers, but Boogeyman to Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist script? I'll let you draw your own conclusions from that.

To be fair they have written the Alex Proyas directed Knowing which is coming soon, and they wrote the remake of The Birds, adapted from the original text, however I don't think it bodes that well for the new version.

Of course I could be wrong and this could turn out to be a big surprise...Then again.

There have been numerous stories of Poltergeist being remade, but this news from The Hollywood Reporter is the furthest it's gone yet. I think this might just happen.

What do you think of a remake of this classic horror film? Are there going to be any horrors left to remake at this rate? Child's Play is even getting the remake treatment! Where are the original ideas and why aren't they getting picked up by Hollywood? Are they too scared of the investment?



And Hollywood continues to eat it's young. Doesn't anyone have an original idea anymore? What this current trend of remakes and re-imaginings demonstrates is pure Hollywood cowardice. Why risk something new when it's possible to pander to existing fan-bases and established ideas. And how many remakes are as good as the original? Kong? Nope. The Omen? Are you kidding? Flight of the Phoenix? I'd rather die in an actual plane crash than watch that ball-less PC remake piece of crap again. And I'm sure that right now someone in LA is looking at a photo of George Clooney and thinking - wow, he'd make a great Chief Brody!

It's got to the point where the remake of Rocky Horror could 're-imagine' the lyrics.

"Keanu Reeves was ill the day the Earth stood still, but he told us, where we stand.

And Eric Johnson was there in silver underwear, Kevin Bacon was the invisible man..."

Oh Mark that's superb!

"Then something went wrong,
Said Naomi Watts to King Kong,
They got caught in a celluloid jam,...

...(I know this is a break but it makes the point)...

But When World's Collide,
Said to-be-determined to his bride,
I'm gonna give you some terrible films."


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