I’ve just received official confirmation that the original idea for “Kayeri” will NOT be used for the remake, instead the new film will be a straight-up remake of the first film… pretty much frame-for-frame.
Although Clint Morris did write the original “Poltergeist Kayeri”, it’s not believed he is part of the new project. In addition, I can also confirm that Zelda Rubinstein, Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams will not be part of the remake.
In the original, a young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
If there were such a thing as a film burial ground all of Hollywood would be haunted by ghosts for desecrating so many graves of good movies.
Remakes tend to work best when they have a lot of time in between the original and the imitator, or when the first one is from a different country.
The thing with this project is that the movie was only released twenty years ago and even worse is that the the television show Poltergeist, the Legacy just stopped airing in 1999.
I can see how this idea was sold though. The premise is still be interesting, I find ghosts endlessly fasinating and most people do I think, how long have people been telling ghost stories around campfires? Also it was a very successful movie series in the past. But I just cannot see audiences wanting to see this.
Bottom line it is just too soon. They need to let the daisies start pushing through the dirt before they get out the shovels.