Sam Raimi’s Poltergeist remake to shoot in Pinewood Toronto

As production in Toronto gathers pace after a quiet spring, The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd is also eyeing the city as a location for her Horizon pilot shoot.
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Poltergeist, the remake of the 1982 classic from 20th Century Fox, will be shot in Toronto at the Pinewood Toronto Studios, sources confirm.

Gil Kenan will direct the MGM picture from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful).

The Poltergeist production office is set to open next week, according to the IATSE Local 873 production list for Toronto, ahead of a mid-September to end-November shooting schedule.

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are producing Poltergeist, via Ghost House Pictures.

Elsewhere, The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd is eyeing Toronto as a location for Horizon, her period genre drama pilot for USA Networks.

A spokesman for NBCUniversal told Playback the studio has not yet confirmed whether the alien invasion drama will shoot in Toronto through August.

But Ken Ferguson, who has revived the former Toronto Film Studios as Revival 629, says two unnamed NBCUniversal pilots are set to start shooting on his soundstages next week.

Hurd earlier produced The Incredible Hulk at the film studio at 629 Eastern Avenue in downtown Toronto before the studio was temporarily moth-balled.

Set during the Second World War, Horizon portrays an FBI secretary who discovers her husband might have been died in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific, before going in search of the truth.

Hurd could not be reached for comment via her Valhalla Entertainment banner.

A possible series order for Horizon would see it join a host of NBCUniversal properties that shoot in Toronto, including Suits, Hannibal and Covert Affairs.