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Sam Rockwell in talks for lead in Sam Raimi produced Poltergeist remake

Aug. 5, 2013by:

Y'know, Sam Rockwell is just an all around likeable actor. His name being attached to any project is almost always a bonus as he brings a credibility and energy to his performances each and every time. From MOON to CHOKE to IRON MAN 2 to SNOW ANGELS and more, Rockwell has shown that he can play any number of roles, crazy, cool, slimy, conniving, smart, etc., the guy is just a blast to watch. So, with his name being at the top of the list for the lead in the remake of Tobe Hooper's POLTERGEIST, I now have a reason to pause. Before that, it was just another remake, even with Sam Raimi producing and star Rosemarie DeWitt (whom I also think is a fine actress) on board, it wasn't enough to get me excited.

The Wrap is reporting that Rockwell is weighing a few projects now and may take the lead in POLTERGEIST, which is being directed by Gil Kenan (MONSTER HOUSE), a role that originated with none other than Craig T. Nelson, the head of the Freeling household (although it would be the Bowen's in this iteration), who suddenly find their home haunted by ghosts. The original is a definitive classic, especially with the whole "they're here" thing going on from the late actress Heather O'Rourke. If my kid ever stares at a TV screen and tells me that, we're just gonna move. End of discussion.

POLTERGEIST is expected to get underway soon with an eye towards release in 2014. Rockwell will next be seen in A SINGLE SHOT, which opens on September 20, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Rockwell owns in Seven Psychopaths. Go see it if you haven't already. Great stuff!
Source: The Wrap

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12:23PM on 08/06/2013

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I was pretty disappointed in that movie. Saw it in theaters and I never plan to watch it again.
I was pretty disappointed in that movie. Saw it in theaters and I never plan to watch it again.
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10:48AM on 08/06/2013
Love Sam Rockwell. Watch anything with him in it.
Love Sam Rockwell. Watch anything with him in it.
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8:43AM on 08/06/2013

Sam Rockwell and Gil Kenan? I'm in

I actually saw MONSTER HOUSE in theatres and it was surprisingly spooky for a CGI kids' flick. HIghly underrated little movie; I was sorry that it died in theatres. And yes, I think Sam Rockwell is a great character actor. Even if the movie sucked, he's always worth watching.

This could actually be a worthwhile remake.
I actually saw MONSTER HOUSE in theatres and it was surprisingly spooky for a CGI kids' flick. HIghly underrated little movie; I was sorry that it died in theatres. And yes, I think Sam Rockwell is a great character actor. Even if the movie sucked, he's always worth watching.

This could actually be a worthwhile remake.
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5:30AM on 08/06/2013

Yes! Sam is one hell of an actor!

I will see anything Sam Rockwell is in. He makes anything watchable. I wonder how he will end up dancing in this movie!
I will see anything Sam Rockwell is in. He makes anything watchable. I wonder how he will end up dancing in this movie!
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2:55AM on 08/06/2013
They'll probably have to change the title for some of today's kids. WTF is a poker guest?

I'd go with 'Spooky Ghost' or ' Bad Ghost'. 'Spooky Bad Ghost'.
They'll probably have to change the title for some of today's kids. WTF is a poker guest?

I'd go with 'Spooky Ghost' or ' Bad Ghost'. 'Spooky Bad Ghost'.
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9:15AM on 08/06/2013
P-p-p-poltergeist, p-p-poltergeist.
P-p-p-poltergeist, p-p-poltergeist.
11:46PM on 08/05/2013
what goes through sam raimis head? does he actually like remaking classic horror movies? or does he just do it for the money? i want to say he does it for the money . .
what goes through sam raimis head? does he actually like remaking classic horror movies? or does he just do it for the money? i want to say he does it for the money . .
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10:54PM on 08/05/2013
It depends on the movie itself, not the lead. Case in point: The Omen remake - I like Liev Schreiber but that remake still sucks.
It depends on the movie itself, not the lead. Case in point: The Omen remake - I like Liev Schreiber but that remake still sucks.
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10:49PM on 08/05/2013

Why

Rockwell will be great in the part (take that, apply it to anything the guy does)... but... just... why.
Rockwell will be great in the part (take that, apply it to anything the guy does)... but... just... why.
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10:28PM on 08/05/2013
Not a huge fan of this idea, but Sam Rockwell is an automatic green box. Gotta be my favorite actor at the moment.
Not a huge fan of this idea, but Sam Rockwell is an automatic green box. Gotta be my favorite actor at the moment.
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10:18PM on 08/05/2013
Sam Rockwell going "they're heeeeeeere" might be worth the price of admission.
Sam Rockwell going "they're heeeeeeere" might be worth the price of admission.
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12:19AM on 08/06/2013
I don't think he's gonna be playing the 7 year old girl unfortunately.
I don't think he's gonna be playing the 7 year old girl unfortunately.
1:25AM on 08/06/2013
A pity.
A pity.
10:00PM on 08/05/2013
Not a huge fan of this idea, but Sam Rockwell is an automatic green box. Gotta be my favorite actor at the moment.
Not a huge fan of this idea, but Sam Rockwell is an automatic green box. Gotta be my favorite actor at the moment.
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9:23PM on 08/05/2013

7 PSYCHOPATHS OWNS!

NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE USES THE C-WORD (C*NT) LIKE SAM ROCKWELL !
NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE USES THE C-WORD (C*NT) LIKE SAM ROCKWELL !
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2:58AM on 08/06/2013
Americans can't really do justice to the word "cunt". They can't summon up enough venom for some reason. Similarly, we Brits sound all kinds of silly trying to say "motherfucker". Just doesn't work.
Americans can't really do justice to the word "cunt". They can't summon up enough venom for some reason. Similarly, we Brits sound all kinds of silly trying to say "motherfucker". Just doesn't work.
9:11PM on 08/05/2013
Rockwell f-ing rocks. He owns The Way Way Back and should get a supporting actor Oscar nomination he's just that damn good.
Rockwell f-ing rocks. He owns The Way Way Back and should get a supporting actor Oscar nomination he's just that damn good.
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9:03PM on 08/05/2013
I have tons of respect for Sam Rockwell and his immense talent. Which is why I hope he doesn't do this movie. The thought of a Poltergeist remake revolts me. That movie says and does everything right. There's nothing a remake could ever do with it but be a pathetic pretender to the original's 30-year long standing as one of the best movies of that decade.
I have tons of respect for Sam Rockwell and his immense talent. Which is why I hope he doesn't do this movie. The thought of a Poltergeist remake revolts me. That movie says and does everything right. There's nothing a remake could ever do with it but be a pathetic pretender to the original's 30-year long standing as one of the best movies of that decade.
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8:59PM on 08/05/2013
I'm up for anything this guy does. But this is uninspired
I'm up for anything this guy does. But this is uninspired
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8:48PM on 08/05/2013

i am thoroughly against this remake in every single way

and yet, i love sam rockwell. oh my god. what do i do? *head explodes*
and yet, i love sam rockwell. oh my god. what do i do? *head explodes*
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8:38PM on 08/05/2013
Sam Rockwell is the most underrated actor in the business today and is one the best actors working today. He always gives a great peformance in everything he does and always finds a way to differentiate his characters in any film. The guy can do it all. All the way from The Green Mile to Choke to Galaxy Quest to Seven Psychopaths to Moon to Conviction to Snow Angela to Iron Man 2 to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to Matchstick Men to Way Way Back, etc. It's a shame that he is not a bigger star
Sam Rockwell is the most underrated actor in the business today and is one the best actors working today. He always gives a great peformance in everything he does and always finds a way to differentiate his characters in any film. The guy can do it all. All the way from The Green Mile to Choke to Galaxy Quest to Seven Psychopaths to Moon to Conviction to Snow Angela to Iron Man 2 to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to Matchstick Men to Way Way Back, etc. It's a shame that he is not a bigger star and getting more prime time roles. He's one of my favorite actors and I really hope one day he gets an Oscar for his long, versatile work.

If he were to sign on then this would instantly have the potential to be one of the better horror remakes of recent years. Would love to see Nolan or Tarantino cast him in a big role in one of their future films.
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8:37PM on 08/05/2013
Okay, if the old report about this being a follow-up to the original and not a flat out remake is true I'm warming to it, especially with Rockwell involved. The thing is, I'd rather see practical effects instead of CGI for this. The effects were one of the things that made the original pants-shittingly terrifying. Plus it would make this stand out from today's CGI heavy horror films. With Raimi producing it gives me hope they might go this direction since the latest Evil Dead had so many well
Okay, if the old report about this being a follow-up to the original and not a flat out remake is true I'm warming to it, especially with Rockwell involved. The thing is, I'd rather see practical effects instead of CGI for this. The effects were one of the things that made the original pants-shittingly terrifying. Plus it would make this stand out from today's CGI heavy horror films. With Raimi producing it gives me hope they might go this direction since the latest Evil Dead had so many well executed practical effects.
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8:34PM on 08/05/2013
Don't do it Sam you're better than that!
Don't do it Sam you're better than that!
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