The horror classic Poltergeist has just announced that it has launched the development of a version of the film for the small screen with a house in Amazon MGM Studios. The television series is in the early stages of development, according to reports from Variety. This would be the project that was talked about at the beginning of this year.
There are no plot details. The information available confirms that it will be located within the world of the original 1982 film.
Poltergeist focused on the Freeling family, who move into a new house only to discover that it is infested with a horde of ghosts. Although at first the ghosts pretended to be friendly, little by little they begin to frighten the Freeling family, before kidnapping Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke), the youngest of the clan. After this event, the family works with a parapsychologist and a spiritual medium (Zelda Rubinstein) to free her daughter and escape the ghosts.
The media clarifies that there is no scriptwriter signed for the television project at the moment. What is a fact is that Darryl Frank y Justin Falvey will be executive producers on behalf of Amblin Television. Its film subsidiary, Amblin, produced the original film, which featured a story by Steven Spielberg, who also co-wrote the script and produced it. It was directed by Tobe Hooper.
The film became a commercial and critical hit upon its theatrical release. It collected $121 million dollars at the global box office, with a budget of $10.7 million dollars, and was crowned the eighth highest grosser of 1982. Its impact was such that it was linked to some of the biggest urban legends in the world of cinema. . Industry recognition was immediate, and it was nominated for three Oscars, best visual effects, best effects sound editing, and best original score.
After the success, two sequels were launched, released in 1986 and 1988. O’Rourke and Rubinstein were the only cast members to repeat their roles in all three films. In 2015, a reboot was released, starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, which failed to replicate the success of its original.
This would not be the first TV series based on the world of Poltergeist. In the ’90s, Showtime aired three seasons of Poltergeist: The Legacy, before it moved to the Sci-Fi Channel to air its fourth and last. The plot followed the San Francisco division of an ancient secret society that amasses artifacts and knowledge to fight evil.
Since Amazon’s acquisition of MGM Studios, new projects with well-known IPs have been launched, such as new installments of Robocop, Legally Blonde, Barbershopand a series based on the world of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.