(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by MGM Holdings and received via e-mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.)
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES PARTNERS WITH TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
TO CO-FINANCE AND DISTRIBUTE “POLTERGEIST”
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 20, 2013) - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
(MGM), a division of MGM Holdings Inc., has partnered with Fox
2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox, to co-finance and distribute the film “Poltergeist,” it was announced
today by MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Barber
and Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Jim Gianopulos. Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) is set to direct
from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David
Lindsay-Abaire (whose recent credits include “Oz: The Great and
Powerful”). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (“Evil
Dead”) and Rob Tapert (“The Posession”) via Ghost House
Pictures, along with Roy Lee (“The Strangers”). Nathan Kahane
(“The Grudge”) will serve as executive producer.
“Poltergeist” will be marketed and distributed worldwide by
Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as
well as international television distribution being handled by
MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic
television. MGM and Twentieth Century Fox continue their
longtime partnership as Fox also distributes MGM’s home
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family
struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban
home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their
youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue
her from the clutches of evil.
“Poltergeist” is scheduled to begin production this Fall.
MGM is currently in production with Paramount on the original
film “Hercules,” directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne
Johnson due for release July 25, 2014 as well as the sequel to
the 2010 cult hit “Hot Tub Time Machine.” The studio has several
upcoming films slated for release including “Carrie” with Sony’s
Screen Gems due October 18, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of
Smaug,” the second film in “The Hobbit” Trilogy with New Line
Cinema/Warner Bros. set for December 13 and “RoboCop” with
Columbia Pictures scheduled for February 7, 2014.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company
focused on the production and distribution of film and
television content globally. The company owns one of the
world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television
content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and
international television channels, including MGM-branded
channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About 20th Century Fox
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion
pictures, 20th Century Fox produces, acquires and distributes
motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are
produced or acquired by the following units Twentieth Century
Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox
International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
About Ghost House Pictures
Ghost House Pictures was formed as a joint venture between
filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake to
create a production label dedicated to the financing,
development and release of films in the horror thriller genre.
The company achieved success with seven #1 releases starting
with The Grudge in 2004 and most recently The Possession,
distributed by Lionsgate in August 2012, and Evil Dead
distributed by Sony Pictures in April 2013. In addition to
Poltergeist, Ghost House has a diverse production and
development slate which includes The Day of the Triffids written
by Neil Cross based on the classic sci-fi horror novel written
by John Wyndam.
Jayna Zelman - for MGM
Twentieth Century Fox
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