The original Poltergeist, which starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams, was directed by Tobe Hooper and released in 1982 with Steven Spielberg producing. The film told the story of a malevolent spectral force that tries to take daughter of a Californian family. It spawned two sequels, Poltergeist II: The Other Side in 1986 and Poltergeist III in 1988.
Besides Monster House, Kenan is also the director of 2008′s City of Ember, based on the Jeanne Duprau books.
Nathan Kahane and Roy Lee will also produce the remake.