Remakes of movies like RoboCop and Poltergeist have been around for quite a while now, but appeared to be casualties of the many financial complications faced by MGM recently. Since then, the studio has figured some things out, made a couple moves, and saved their two top properties in The Hobbit and James Bond 23.
Next up for MGM was getting a trio of remakes of theirs back into motion. It’s being reported that thought-to-be-deceased remakes of the previously mentioned RoboCop and Poltergeist, as well as a remake of Mr. Mom are said to be back on and currently in motion.
We first heard of a RoboCop remake in July of 2008 when it was reported that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was brought in. Exactly two years later, MGM was in a crisis and it was revealed that the remake was being put out of it’s misery.
As for the Poltergeist remake, MGM initially set a November 2010 release date with director Vadim Perelmen, but that also was canned after troubles persisted.
No word yet on who exactly will step in to direct these movies as well as the Mr. Mom remake, or if either of the two directors mentioned above will actually return for the job that was once lost. With Aronofsky set to direct the semi-sequel/reboot, The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman, it’s assumed he’ll be unavailable.
In related news, MGM’s new-found life has led to the announcement that they’ll also be co-financing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with Paramount Pictures.