Exactly one year ago today, 20th Century Fox handed out a February 13, 2015 release date for their Poltergeist remake, although it was later moved to July 24, 2015. Unfortunately, we haven't heard anything at all about this reboot in the year that has followed, and with just under seven months until it hits theaters, we still haven't seen a trailer or any official photos yet. Star Sam Rockwell recently spoke with Collider for his new film Loitering with Intent, where he revealed that the young boy is the protagonist of the remake, and that it is more of a "kids movie." Here's what he had to say below, discussing the differences between this film and the original 1982 classic.
"The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it's really through his point-of-view. So it's more of a kids' movie so I don't know if it's gonna be like rated-R scary. It's not like The Conjuring type of scary. You know, it's a different kind of movie. It's more of an adventure. It's essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too."
The actor's description of Poltergeist as a "kids movie" will likely make some fans wonder whether it will be an R-rated thriller, or if it will be PG-13. We likely won't find out the official rating for a few months, but fans hoping for an R rated version of Poltergeist may be out of luck. Coincidentally, the MPAA initially gave the original Poltergeist an R rating, before producer Steven Spielberg talked the MPAA into giving it a PG rating. When asked if he had seen any footage from Poltergeist, Sam Rockwell revealed that he has seen "a little" of the movie, confirming that it will be released in 3D.
"I've seen a little in looping. I hope it's good. I really don't know. I really wish I could tell you. I'm praying that it's - I mean, it's gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one's pretty damn good. This one's gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that."
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star as Eric and Amy Bowen, with Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements and Kyle Catlett portraying their children, Kendra, Madison and Griffin. Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun and Jane Adams round out the supporting cast for director Gil Kenan's reboot. What do you think about the Poltergeist remake becoming a kids movie? Chime in with your thoughts below.