It’s only been four years since the last one, but there’s a second reboot of Tobe Hooper’s beloved family horror Poltergeist apparently on the way. No word yet on when we can expect it, but the director(s) behind it may surprise you.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, none other than Joe and Anthony Russo are working on bringing the story back to the big screen (again). The two are partners in ABGO Films, which has made a new deal with the mighty MGM which essentially makes the Russos the “spiritual creative architects” of some of the studio’s most iconic properties.
According to Deadline, the Avengers: Endgame helmers have made a multi-film, non-exclusive creative partnership with MGM to co-develop, co-produce, and co-finance a whole slate of projects, of which this new Poltergeist is a key part. Projects created by AGBO could also be included, but the focus is on refurbishing the classic library titles.
Reportedly, one of the first projects will be a reboot of The Thomas Crown Affair, which Michael B. Jordan has been slated to lead and produce for years. A joint development fund has also been created with a view to financing new projects also.
“MGM is focused on partnering with Hollywood’s premiere talent to bring amazing stories to life. Our partnership with AGBO demonstrates MGM’s focus on creating alliances with today’s most innovative and premiere storytellers,” said Chris Brearton, MGM’s Chief Operating Officer.
He continued, “Joe and Anthony’s track record speaks for itself and we look forward to working with their team to bring new and exciting projects to life on the big and small screens.”
“This deal reflects the fundamental tenets upon which AGBO was built: a storytelling driven studio designed to develop and produce a complex array of narrative in an ever-evolving landscape. Artist ownership is primary to our agenda, and we’ll be serving as partners on every film. It’s also an amazing opportunity for AGBO to work with MGM, which owns one of the greatest libraries in the world,” chimed in Joe Russo.
Hooper’s 1982 movie is one of the most beloved in the entire MGM catalogue, so the decision to remake it again is sure to cause some controversy. The 2015 remake, helmed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), didn’t exactly set the world alight but there’s potential to do something different with it…maybe.
We have no idea when to expect anything further on this, but stay tuned to Wicked Horror for info as soon as it’s available.