The distinctions between “reboot,” “remake,” and “sequel” aren’t always clear. It’s possible for a film to serve as one of those things while technically being categorized as another, or even to fit all three descriptions at the same time.

The new Poltergeist coming from MGM seems like it might be one of those projects that kind of works at all three. While it’s previously been categorized as a remake, a newly emerged plot details suggest it may also be a sequel of sorts to previous films.

It will be produced by Sam Raimi fresh off the success of the Evil Dead remake. It will be directed by Gil Kenan and written by David Lindsay-Abaire.

They had this to say about the project:

“The new version follows Eric Bowen and his family who, after he loses his job, relocate to a new town to start anew. His daughter, Madison, is abducted, making him truly understand what’s important in life: family. In the new version, Eric’s wife, Amy, can communicate with the dead.

Another interesting new character is Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts “Haunted House Cleaners.”? The supernatural doesn’t scare this guy. Dr. Brooke Powell is Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university.Her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl.

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, the freaky ‘clown’ that sits upon a rocking chair in the bedroom, and of course there’s ‘phone’ trouble, and of course the little girl – Madison – who makes friends with ‘The Lost People’ that nobody can see…”

The film begins production this fall in Toronto.

Source: Slash Film