The upcoming reboot of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist has been pushed back by five months. The film was originally slated for release February 13, 2015. But news recently broke that the remake won’t be released until July 24, 2015.
The remake is directed by Gil Kenan and written by David Lindsay-Abaire. When I spoke to producer Rob Tapert about the up owing reboot, he suggested that the idea was to introduce a new generation to Poltergeist and improve upon some of the aspects of the picture that haven’t aged well.
Rescheduling the release keeps Poltergeist from competing with Fifty Shades of Gray but I’m not certain that the two films share a target demographic. On the plus side, a summer release will likely improve the film’s box office returns. February is an awkward time to release a major horror picture. It’s after Halloween and long before the summer blockbuster season. So, had the February release date stuck, the film could have easily gotten lost in the shuffle.
The plot of the 2015 reboot is expected to bear similarities to the original Poltergeist but diversify enough to warrant a re-imaginging. The characters will have different names and the film will be modernized for contemporary audiences. But the core concept of a family’s youngest child being taken away by supernatural entities will remain the same. We will keep you apprised as more details about the film’s plot become available.