Remake News: Sam Raimi to Produce Poltergeist; Chole Moretz Updates Carrie
04.30.12 by Ryan
After helping put a remake of his own 1981 classic The Evil Dead into production for release next year, Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi will produce a remake of Poltergeist as well.
THR reports that Raimi has joined MGM's remake of the 1982 horror movie directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg, and will oversee the search for a director. The remake was written by playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. The story so far doesn't sound too far off from the original, with a family moving into a house that they don't realize was built on sacred land and soon are visited by supernatural forces that take their daughter.
Poltergeist isn't the only iconic horror movie to be remade by MGM. The studio is teaming with Sony Screen Gems for a remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie as well. In January, Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce was hired to helm the remake, which will star Chloe Moretz (Dark Shadows, Kick-Ass) in the title role. Moretz recently spoke to ComingSoon about the project and admitted how excited she was to work with Pierce.
I start that June 1st.. It's going to be very well done. I don't want to jinx it, but [Peirce] is a genius, genius, genius director. I would never do it with someone that I don't trust. I trust her more than a lot of the directors I've worked with. She's the right woman for the job.
Moretz says that she is actively avoiding watching De Palma's original and revealed that the remake, scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will be "a lot different" from its predecessor and will be a real transformation for the actress, including a wardrobe that will help her become "a totally different person."
I'm actually not looking at the original, even though De Palma's movie was one of the best movies ever made. It's completely iconic and I'm proud to be able to be doing a retooling of it. We're kind of going off the book. It's darker and much more psychological. More Black Swan. You're really looking into her mind and it really looks into the relationship of [Carrie's mother] Margaret and Carrie. It's set in modern time, so it's a lot different. It's something that's very different from me. It's an out of body thing. I'm becoming a totally different person for it. I'm letting go of all of my self-esteem issues and just kind of going into it. You have to.
Last week, Deadline reported that Julianne Moore was offered the role of Carrie's religiously fanatic mother, Margaret. No word yet on whether Moore has accepted. Piper Laurie played Margaret in the original, and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. Carrie is scheduled for release on March 15, 2013, and has already received a fan-made poster (pictured), which gained the approval of both Moretz and Peirce. "We both felt so pumped," said Moretz of their reaction to the poster.