Well, it looks like the remake of the legendary film Poltergeist is finally gaining some traction. Hot off the success of The Evil Dead, Raimi is pushing for the Poltergeist 4: The Totally Still In Continuity Jumping On Point to be a sequel/reboot, much like his The Evil Dead.
Here’s the original plot synopsis for the remake:
“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. 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.”
And here’s the newly not-official synopsis from Moviehole:
“Firstly, the Kenan-directed Raimi-produced reboot – much like the Evil Dead remake – exists in the same world as the previous Poltergeist films. So while it is a “reboot” of the franchise, it’s also somewhat of a sequel – taking place years after the Freeling’s [sic] were ran out of town.
In one scene in the new film, the kids’ [sic] find some things behind the sliding panel in the attic. Yep, you guessed it – they find some of the Freeling’s possessions, intentionally left behind. There’s the Star Wars bed sheets (from Robbie’s room), a black-and-white TV set (why, of course!), and some Christmas decorations.”
It will be interesting to see how this franchise manages to revive some of the central set pieces due to events that happen in the original film and it’s two sequels. I, for one, much prefer this method of IP recycling. I’d much rather sit through a terrible sequel that tries to add elements to the original and is new viewer friendly than to sit through a shot-for-shot remake of a classic. I’m looking at you, Gus Van Sandt.
It will be interesting to see how the film eventually turns out.