It had been known for a while that MGM was looking to reboot the 1982 classic fright-fest Poltergeist,and had gone through a cadre of writers, including Scott Derrickson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White and Paul Harris Boardman -all screenwriters of recent horror films such as Sinister, The Possession, Boogeyman and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, respectively.
But when MGM went into bankruptcy in 2009, the plans stalled. When it finally emerged from that nightmare in February of 2011, they announced a list of five films that were high priority to make. One of those five films they felt they should do was the long-gestating remake of the Tobe Hooper classic.
Then quietness fell, as the studio ramped up other films, including The Hobbit (which they had the distribution rights to) and a remake of Robocop –which seems to have many issues during production.
So 14 long months would go by before MGM announced that, »
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