Rosemarie DeWitt (also forever known as Midge from “Mad Men” in my frame of reference) has officially signed on to play the lead role in the upcoming Poltergeist remake. The remake comes from MGM and Fox 2000 with Gil Kenan set to direct.
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.
The screenplay comes from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire, who recently worked on Oz The Great and Powerful. The film is being produced by Sam Raimi, of Evil Dead fame, and Rob Tapert via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee. Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producer.
Poltergeist will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television. MGM and Twentieth Century Fox continue their longtime partnership as Fox also distributes MGM’s home entertainment product.
There is no word yet on a projected release date or who else will round out the cast. Production is scheduled to start in the fall.