It was announced last spring that Sam Raimi had stepped aboard MGM’s upcoming Poltergeist remake as producer. Today, Deadline reveals that the project has not only found a director, but a director with haunted house experience. Gil Kenan, the man behind 2006’s animated Monster House, has signed on to helm.
The original Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper and released in 1982 with Steven Spielberg producing and told the story of a malevolent spectral force that tries to take daughter of a Californian family. It spawned two sequels, Poltergeist II: The Other Side in 1986 and Poltergeist III in 1988.
Kenan is also the director of 2008’s City of Ember, a live-action fantasy based on the series of novels by Jeanne Duprau.
In addition to Raimi, Nathan Kahane and Roy Lee are attached to produce Poltergeist.
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