Poltergeist Remake To Be A Kiddie Film?

Say all you want about franchises getting too dark and serious these days, there are others who’re trying a complete opposite approach with their films.

One that is unexpectedly going that way is the upcoming remake of “Poltergeist”. Actor Sam Rockwell was out doing interviews recently and revealed that the new film will be less of a supernatural horror tale and more family-friendly than expected.

Speaking with Collider, Rockwell was asked about the differences between the new film and the 1982 original. He said:

“The ten-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view.

So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary. It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.”

The MPAA initially gave the original Poltergeist an R rating before ultimately settling on a PG. Asked how much of the film he’s seen, Rockwell says:

“I’ve seen a little in looping. I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one’s pretty damn good. This one’s gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that.”

20th Century Fox has the film currently slated for a July 24th release this year.