Perelman in the house for 'Poltergeist'

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Vadim Perelman is in negotiations to develop MGM's "Poltergeist" remake as a potential directing gig. The deal would bring the helmer together with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, who were hired last week to revamp the 1982 classic.

The original, a haunted-house movie full of literalized children's nightmares, was directed by Tobe Hooper from a script co-written by Steven Spielberg. The film's exploration of an ordinary family's reaction to an extraordinarily intense situation likely appealed to Perelman, who delved into similar dynamics in his debut, 2003's "House of Sand and Fog" and last year's "The Life Before Her Eyes."

The Ukraine-born Perelman, who is repped by CAA and Rumble Media, once was attached to Spielberg's endlessly developing "Talisman" project, adapted from the Stephen King-Peter Straub novel, as well as the World War II drama "Truce" at Warner Independent.

The Web site Bloody- Disgusting.com first floated the possibility last week. (partialdiff)
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