Poltergeist reboot delayed: Why not forever?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

When we first heard of a contemplated reboot of Poltergeist, Tobe Hooper's classic ghost story, our first reaction was "Why?" and our second was cold fear, as if the spirit of a little blond girl had passed right through us.

So imagine our (slight) relief to hear that MGM is postponing the movie, original slated for a Thanksgiving 2010 release, according to Bloody-Disgusting.com:

GM contacted to us to let us know that the film will go into production in early 2010, so the film just couldn't have been done in time for the November release

The movie's been bumped to an undetermined 2011 date.

Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) will direct the movie, which will presumably revisit the story of a suburban family whose house is haunted by the spirits from an old Indian burial ground. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White drafted the screenplay.

Could this have something to do with MGM's reported financial difficulties?

Of course, our fond hope would be that the new film does justice to the 1982 original, on which we can see no need for improvement: Everything in it is perfect, from the tragic Heather O'Rourke's Carol Anne to the tragic Dominique Dunne's teen Dana to JoBeth Williams' pot-smoking mama who swims with corpses to Zelda Rubinstein's creepy, diminutive Tangina, who warns us to stay out of the light.