Coming right off the news of some plot details for the upcoming Poltergeist “remake” MovieHole revealed some details on the upcoming project and shed some light on the story. It looks like Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist will actually be a reboot of the franchise while the film itself will be a sequel which takes place years after the Freeling’s were chased out of town.
Basically what they are doing is taking Fede Alvarez’s approach with Evil Dead in the sense that it takes place within the same universe as the original but features completely different characters. It worked for Evil Dead so hopefully Kenan’s upcoming reboot can find some of the same magic.
Here is what MovieHole had to say:
In one scene in the new film, the kids’ find some things behind the sliding panel in the attic. Yep, you guessed it – they find some of the Freeling’s possessions, intentionally left behind. There’s the Star Wars bed sheets (from Robbie’s room), a black-and-white TV set (why, of course!), and some Christmas decorations.
Although the new film may possess new characters and somewhat of a different storyline, all the ‘familiar beats’ from the original “Poltergeist” films are in it. There’s the scary tree that proves a looming threat to our youngster (and gets pulled underground), the freaky ‘clown’ that sits upon a rocking chair in the bedroom (in this case, the clown sits in younger brother Griffin’s room), and of course there’s ‘phone’ trouble (in this case, older sister Kendra’s iPhone gets damaged by unseen forces), and of course the little girl – Madison – who makes friends with ‘The Lost People’ that nobody can see (but who don’t mind ‘showing off’ – making Madison’s hair stand up like she’s just been struck by electricity, being just one of their ‘tricks’).
I’m definitely much more on board with this approach because the original film is just something you can’t re-create. Casting has begun and filming is expected to start as early as September so be sure to stick around as I’ll keep you all up to date on this one.