‘Poltergeist’ remake update by writer, says it’s ‘similar to the first movie’

Collider spoke with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire about the upcoming “Poltergeist” remake, produced by Sam Raimi.

Collider:  One of the ones you’re working on that I’m very excited about is Poltergeist.  How is that going?  Are you still working on it?  Can you give fans an update?

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE: [laughs] Well, you know there’s not too much I can say.  I will say that I handed in a second draft and people are incredibly excited about it.  They’re not the director, but they’re in search of a director.  I will also say that there are very few people who are as obsessed with the original movie as I am, so I would try to write a script that I would want to see as a fan.  I will say that.

When you wrote it, did you write it more for a PG-13 or an R?

LINDSAY-ABAIRE:  [hesitates] My version is not a gory, horrible…it’s tonally similar to the first movie, and that’s sort of family-friendly-esque with some real, genuine scares in it.  It’s not Saw if that’s what you’re asking.  I’m not trying to turn it into something else.

One of the most famous scenes in Poltergeistis under the bed.  For those who haven’t seen it, I won’t say more than that.  But as a kid, that scared the s**t out of me.  Was that a scene that meant a lot for you?

LINDSAY-ABAIRE: That scene and that vibe meant a tremendous amount to me, and that was the thing I was trying to emulate most in my draft.  That movie also has some much-needed humor in it and some emotion in it, so all of that exists.

Has the studio said anything about when they want to film this?  Is it a priority for them?

LINDSAY-ABAIRE: It’s definitely a priority for them.  As far as the “when” of it, I don’t know what that means, but they have said in no uncertain terms that it is a priority for them.

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