'80s Flashback! 'Poltergeist' Remake Finds a Director, 'Vacation' Sequel Filming This Summer

'80s Flashback! 'Poltergeist' Remake Finds a Director, 'Vacation' Sequel Filming This Summer

Mar 08, 2013

PoltergeistPull out your Members Only jackets and dust off your leg warmers because we’re going back to the ‘80s!

Hollywood’s pillaging the Reagan era for two upcoming projects – one a sequel to a beloved comedy franchise, the other a remake of a popular horror film. We’ve got the latest details on both features for you today.

First up, Coming Soon reports that the Poltergeist remake announced last spring has now landed a director. Gil Kenan will helm the Sam Raimi-backed updating of Tobe Hooper’s haunted house cult classic. No word yet on whether this means Kenan will have to develop an alleged drug habit that forces Raimi to step in and finish the film for him (that’s always been the rumor regarding Hooper and Spielberg on the original film…), but we'll keep you posted.

Directing a haunted house film is right in Kenan’s wheelhouse, too. The filmmaker’s previous feature was the 2006 animated movie Monster House. He’ll be dealing with live actors here and a little more gore, but we suspect he’ll be up to the task.

Now we move from fright flicks to frightening road trips with an update about the newest National Lampoon’s Vacation film.

Plans are afoot to shoot a new entry in the popular Chevy Chase franchise this summer, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein set to direct the feature based on their own script.

The film will feature Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold. A now grown-up Rusty will follow in his father’s footsteps by taking his family on a road trip (allegedly to the infamous Wally World, but that remains unconfirmed) and we assume hilarity will ensue.

Daley and Goldstein will shoot in Atlanta and New Mexico beginning this June. The plan is to get some of the original actors to return as well (which will be a huge selling point. If there’s no Chevy Chase appearance, our interest level drops dramatically…), and to start filling out the rest of the cast ASAP.

We’re cautiously optimistic about a Vacation sequel – Helms should make a good Rusty, and Daley and Goldstein are solid writers. Whether that means this road trip ends in success remains to be seen, but we’ll be keeping an eye on this one as it moves closer to principal photography.

[via Collider]

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