Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has signed Vadim "House of Sand And Fog" Perelman to direct a new version of "Poltergeist".
Carl Boyter, Executive Vice President, Production and Luke Ryan, Vice President, Production, are overseeing the project for MGM.
"We are excited to have Vadim direct 'Poltergeist', a title which already has a built-in movie-going audience," said Boyter.
"With his established track record, we look forward to having him lead the creative direction on this new character-based horror project that will utilize the original film as a jumping off point."
Screenplay is by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White.
Currently directing and executive producing "Ice," a drama pilot for the AMC cable network, Perelman wrote and directed "House of Sand and Fog" starring actors Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, earning 3 Oscar nominations in 2004.
Recently, Perelman directed "The Life Before Her Eyes" starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. Prior to his film and television work, Perelman established himself as a director of commercials and music videos.
The original "Poltergeist", directed by Tobe "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Hooper, released by MGM in 1982, earned 3 Oscar nominations. The film gained a cult following spawning two sequels "Poltergeist II: the Other Side" and "Poltergeist III," as well as a TV series "Poltergeist: The Legacy," which aired for 4 seasons on the Showtime network (1996-1999)...