Poltergeist Remake Gets Gil Kenan, A Director With Just The Right Experience

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The debut feature of Gil Kenan was Monster House, a tall tale about kids facing off against their neighbour’s possessed homestead.

He then made City of Ember, in which he cast Harry Treadaway and Saoirse Ronan, both of whom have since proven to be standout actors of their still very young generation.

And I suppose all of that makes him sound like a great match for MGM’s remake of Poltergeist. And so Deadline say it is. He has the gig.

This new film is being produced by Sam Raimi and written by David Lindsay-Abaire, the director and co-writer of this weekend’s Oz the Great and Powerful – and as you may have noticed, two of my favourites.

I’ve been led to believe that the new Poltergeist script keeps the spookiness and some of the scares from the original but ups the fantasy and adventure elements. And that, I suspect, played a strong part in matching the project up with Kenan.

Anyway, I’m glad to know what Kenan’s up to now.

CORNELIUS SMITH JR., ADRIANNE PALICKI, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, HENRY SIMMONS

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