Official: Poltergeist Remake Spooks a Director

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Update: “Talks” are over. Scroll down for a press release officially announcing Perelman’s involvement.

Reported last week by Bloody-Disgusting last week as just rumor, it appears MGM is indeed chasing Vadim Perelman to helm its remake of Poltergeist.

THR confirmed Perelman is currently in negotiations. Screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White were attached to update the 1982 film last month.

Perelman previously directed House of Sand and Fog and The Life Before Her Eyes. He was once attached to adapt Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman.

Press release:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has signed Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) to direct POLTERGEIST.

Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President, Production and Luke Ryan, Vice President, Production, are overseeing the project for MGM.

“We are excited to have Vadim direct POLTERGEIST, a title which already has a built-in movie-going audience,” said Boyter. “With his established track record, we look forward to having him lead the creative direction on this new character-based horror project that will utilize the original film as a jumping off point.”

Currently directing and executive producing “Ice,” a drama pilot for the AMC cable network, Perelman wrote and directed “House of Sand and Fog” starring Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, which earned 3 Oscar® nominations in 2004. Recently, Perelman directed “The Life Before Her Eyes” starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. Prior to his film and television work, Perelman established himself as one of the most sought-after directors of commercials and music videos, responsible for a number of memorable spots for multinational clients.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Bloody-Disgusting