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A Revival Of The ‘Poltergeist’ Franchise Could Be In The Works At Amazon Studios

With the ink on Amazon's recent purchase of MGM still drying, a buzz in the world of horror is starting to grow, as hopes of a Poltergeist revival rise among that buzz.

Jeff Sneider and John Rocha, hosts of The Hot Mic, were eager to discuss the new Amazon acquisition of MGM's library, with Poltergeist being one of numerous projects that could see new life from Amazon Studios.

Poltergeist first captivated theater audiences back in the summer of 1982, with moviegoers making Poltergeist the highest-grossing horror film in 1982, beating out films like John Carpenter's The Thing, and both third parts for the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises.

The horror classic from producer Steven Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper, would spawn two sequels and a 2013 remake, produced by Roy Lee, starring Sam Rockwell and Jared Harris. Another remake was announced in 2019, with the Russo Brothers attached, but it's safe to assume that nothing will come from that project.

All things Poltergeist now sit with Amazon and Amazon Studios. They may not have hit it out of the ballpark with The Rings of Power, but who knows, maybe horror is what Amazon needs to focus on, for now. Given the right treatment, maybe Poltergeist will become the franchise that kicks Amazon Studios into the Big Leagues, currently being dominated by Netflix.

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ERIC J. CULLEN is a writer currently residing in California. A fan of horror since childhood, Eric spends his free time developing Horror Junket, writing screenplays, HODLING, as well as producing films in the horror genre. Eric is currently the future owner of a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

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