The first trailer for 20th Century Fox and MGM’s remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic “Poltergeist” hits tomorrow, but ahead of that the first photos from the project have gone online via USA Today.
“Monster House” helmer Gil Kenan directs the project and tells the paper that he takes the responsibility very seriously and discussed the tone and themes this new version tackles:
“Whenever someone approaches material that’s so beloved, there’s a reflexive reaction to be worried. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously. We’re working to make a Poltergeist film that lives up to the original’s legacy.
The original film commented on how we’ve let television get out of control, babysitting our kids. It’s only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices. Screens are everywhere.
Unlike the traditional horror film, I wanted to put together a cast to give weight and reality to these characters. It’s the way to anchor the family. It’s such an emotional story at the core. Parents fighting to get their child back from the beyond.
The thing that keeps them a family is what they have to draw on, to stay sane, and also to win Madison back. The film is super-scary. And it’s scary on its own terms. I am excited to finally be able to share that with the world.”
You can check out the photos from the story in the gallery below: