We caught up with writer David Lindsay-Abaire earlier this evening after a screening of DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, which he wrote (plus it was exec. produced by Guillermo del Toro!) and while you can read more about that on ComingSoon.net, when we asked him what he had been up to, we were surprised to learn he was busy writing Poltergeist.
Now, this isn’t the first time you may have heard Lindsay-Abaire’s name mentioned with the project as 15 months ago there was a rumor about him being approached, though at that time, he said he didn’t know if he wanted to do it. Earlier this year, Sam Raimi signed up to produce the remake and that may have been what clinched the deal for Lindsay-Abaire, and you can find out more why that might be after the jump.
Apparently, Raimi at one point was going to direct a movie based on Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer prize-winning play Rabbit Hole and the playwright/screenwriter even took a pass at Raimi’s ill-fated Spider-Man 4. Lindsay-Abaire said that it was Raimi who asked him if he wanted to write the new Poltergeist and that he hasn’t read any of the previous scripts that had been floating around and is indeed starting from scratch. He told us how much he loves the original movie and that he hopes to pay tribute to it with his version, but that’s all he could say.
Anyway, that’s the latest news on the project and going by how well Raimi’s remake of Evil Dead went over at New York Comic-Con this weekend, this one could theoretically move forward quicker if that one does decently.