Sam Rockwell is in early talks to join MGM and Fox 2000's upcoming remake of Poltergeist, The Wrap reports. He'd join the previously announced Rosemarie DeWitt for the big screen remake.
Gil Kenan (Monster House) is set to direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire (whose recent credits includes Oz The Great and Powerful). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Rob Tapert (The Posession) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Nathan Kahane (The Grudge) will serve as executive producer.
Poltergeist will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television.
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family, the Bowens, are struggling to make ends meet and relocate to an outdated suburban home whereupon they are confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
Rockwell, who would play husband to DeWitt's character, is in theaters now in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's indie drama The Way, Way Back.