The last time we saw anything from the Poltergeist series was back in 2015, with the remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic film. Now, according to Variety, a new TV series from Amazon Studios and MGM is in the works. There’s no writer attached currently but Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce on behalf of Amblin Television. Outside of that, there’s no plot details or anything else to share. The series will be set in the same world of the 1982 film.
This isn’t the first time that Poltergeist has been turned into a TV series. Poltergeist: The Legacy aired on Showtime for three seasons and on Sci-Fi for one in 1999. That show followed a group known as The Legacy as they protected humankind from supernatural threats.
All in all, there have been four Poltergeist films, the first film in 1982, Poltergeist II in 1986, Poltergeist III in 1988, and the remake in 2015. Amazon recently acquired MGM and has started to use their IP as the basis for new series on Prime Video. They already have series in the works based on Barbershop, Legally Blonde, Robocop, and more.
The original film centered on the Freeling family. They move into a new home only to discover that its haunted by a horde of ghosts. The ghosts kidnap their youngest daughter through the TV set and the family has to hire a group of paranormal investigators to get her back. It’s one of the best horror movies ever made and an essential gateway film for younger fans of the genre.
We’ll have to see how this strategy works out for the streaming giant.
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