Sam Raimi Only Producing ‘Poltergiest’ Remake
Earlier today we reported that Sam Raimi – he of the ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Spider-Man’ trilogies – might be in the running to direct a remake of ‘Poltergiest.’ It turns out that he will be involved in the production. But not as the director, instead as the producer.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed his involvement in the production, but found that he would just act in an executive capacity and it seems his main role is to help in finding the filmmaker who will helm the production. Raimi and his Ghost House production company have been behind a number of recent horror films, from the remake of ‘The Grudge’ to ’30 Days of Night’ to the currently filming ‘Evil Dead’ remake. Raimi has had a lot of luck in producing television, having been behind both ‘Hercules’ and ‘Xena’, and is currently an executive producing ‘Spartacus.’
Raimi is also currently busy with ‘Oz The Great and Powerful,’ which is due out for release next year. THR notes that David Lindsay-Abaire – who worked on ‘Oz’ – will help writing this. MGM must control the rights to this, as this is one of the first films that Steven Spielberg was directly involved in that is going to get remade. One wonders how Spielberg feels about this.