While in attendance at last weeks Saturn Awards, Collider were on the red carpet getting interviews with a whole host of directors, producers and TV showrunners, and during their extensive coverage, they bagged an interview with the cinematographer of John Carpenter’s Halloween, as well as the producer of the last five Halloween films, Malek Akkad.
Akkad associate-produced Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20, co-produced Halloween: Resurrection and produced both of Rob Zombie’s Halloween films. Collider managed to get some juicy details on the producers cut of Halloween 6 finally getting a release, and also a very brief update on the state of play of Halloween 3D.
When asked about Halloween 6: The Producers Cut, a version of the film which has been available for years as a dodgy copy, Akkad confirmed that the much sought after film is finally getting the release it deserves on the new Halloween boxset:
“Yes. I can announce that on the box set we will have the Producer’s Cut, finally. […] It’s been around for so many years and people have bad bootlegs, so I’m really happy that we were able to get the right elements and put it all together. And it looks – the transfers great, the sound is great. I think fans are going to be really happy with it”
He then talked about Halloween 3D, the sequel to Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 which was due to go into production a few years back. The film was shut down by the Weinstein’s on the eve of filming, but Akkad confirms that there is a new version in the pipeline:
“Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier did a script. The next day after the last one came out, we were back in production for Halloween 3D. We were about two weeks from going down to Louisiana to shoot it and for whatever reason, the studio thought we were maybe moving a little bit too quickly. I disagree. I think we had a great script and a great team and it would have been a massive hit. But right now we’re currently working on a new script for Halloween 3, so it’s all in the works right now”
Akkad was then asked whether Halloween 3D would follow the characters from Zombie’s Halloween 2:
“I can’t talk about it too much right now, but it will definitely keep elements and bring in new elements. But I really want to bring it back to kind of like, the classic – because the last one got a little dark – I want to bring it back to the classic Friday night horror film that people will really like”
You can read the full interview, which goes into some detail on the filming of Carpenters original, here.