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‘Poltergeist’ TV Series in Development at Amazon MGM Studios

‘Poltergeist’ TV Series in Development at Amazon MGM Studios

Poltergeist, the 1982 horror classic directed by Tobe Hooper, is headed to the small screen for Amazon MGM Studios. According to Variety, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will serve as executive producers for Amblin Television, the same company that produced the original 1982 film. The original film’s story was conceived by Steven Spielberg, who also co-wrote the screenplay and served as a producer.

It’s unclear if the TV series will be a reboot or a belated sequel to the film franchise. No writer has been attached to the project yet. Poltergeist follows the Freelings family as they move into a new house and discover it’s haunted. When their daughter is captured by spirits, they seek help from a parapsychologist and a medium to rescue her from the supernatural realm.

The Original Film Was a Cultural Phenomenon

Poltergeist follows the Freelings family, led by Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. They move into a new house and discover it’s haunted. Eventually, their youngest daughter( Heather O’Rourke) is captured by spirits. The Freelings then seek help from a parapsychologist and a medium to rescue her and escape the supernatural realm.

Upon release, the original film achieved remarkable success, grossing around $121 million worldwide, surpassing its reported budget of $10.7 million. It also received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Original Score.

Two sequels to Poltergeist were released in 1986 and 1988. Zelda Rubinstein, who portrayed the medium Tangina Barrons, and Heather O’Rourke, who portrayed Carol Anne Freeling, were the only cast members to feature in all three films.

Of course, in 2015 a reboot of the film was released starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. However, it didn’t capture the imagination of the public as the 1982 film did. It holds a 22% audince score on Rotten Tomatoes.

This Isn’t the First Time ‘Poltergeist’ Became a TV Series

However, this wouldn’t be the first time Poltergeist made it to the small screen. Poltergeist: The Legacy originally aired on Showtime for three seasons, concluding with a final season on the Sci-Fi Channel in 1999. The show followed The Legacy, a global organization dedicated to protecting humanity from supernatural perils.

Amazon’s latest endeavor involves adapting MGM’s intellectual property after acquiring the studio. The streaming division of the online retail giant is already working on new projects centered around beloved franchises like Robocop, Legally Blonde, and more.