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March 24, 2009 - Poltergeist / screenwriters talk about remake

Scooped on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In an interview with The Wrap where they talk about their work on the recently released Knowing film, married screenwriters Stiles White and Juliet Snowden also touch on two of their newer assignments, one being the remake of The Birds and the other a update of Poltergeist.

"Poltergeist was a seminal film for us, you know, in our lives, and it’s like your dad’s classic vintage car that’s been in the garage and you’re not allowed to touch it," White comments.  "It’s treasured; it’s valuable.  We see Poltergeist as if, um, as if we’re being handed the keys to the car and we’re gonna be really careful with it."

The site also managed to squeeze out a little bit of detail about their take on the new film's setting and it doesn't sound too dissimilar to the original's. "Poltergeist was a real snapshot of the American family in the year that it came out --1982 -- and I think what we would do with the reimaging of it is, 'What is the American family up to today?'"

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I have a really weird fascination with covers and remakes. I think covers and remakes should bring something new to the table, but that doesn't, to me, always make it good. 311's cover of "Love Song" was essentially the same, with the addition of a ska backbeat. I hate it. Manson's cover of "Personal Jesus" is the same song, just a bit edgier. Love it. Hilary Duff also ripped the music from PJ and added some whorish lyrics to it. I should hate it, but I love it, and yet, Puff Daddy did the same with "Every Breath You Take" for that B.I.G. tribute, and I think it's horrible.

For movies, it's much the same. Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of Psycho was technically interesting, but ultimately, I'd rather watch the original. I enjoyed the House on Haunted Hill "remake," as well as "Texas Chainsaw" (if for that one "Oh SHIT!" shot alone.

I don't know that Poltergiest NEEDS a remake. If the writers and director can bring something new to the table and tell an interesting story, then I'm down with that, but I don't know that the movie needs an update to stay relevant. Sure, one could improve upon the effects, but I'll be damned if that face ripping scene isn't still pretty goddamned freaky.

This ends my nearly incoherent rambling. For now.

Richard Gozinya, Harold Snatch and Wilbur Jizz. Together we are the law firm Gozinya, Snatch and Jizz.