The new Halloween is nearly upon us and word around seems to be generally fairly positive. ‘Bloody Disgusting’ reports that, at the film’s Los Angeles press junket, director David Gordon Green that that he originally intended to begin with the climax of the original 1978 film, which would have required re-filming the sequence 40 years later.
SPOILERS for anyone who hasn’t seen John Carpenter’s classic [and if you haven’t then why not?!!!!!]
“Even in the script going into production, we were going to re-film the end of the original film from a different perspective. We had this very complicated overhead view of Loomis shooting the gun, Michael going over and then the apprehension, assuming everybody was going to need a little bit to get back up to speed with where we are and we haven’t seen the movie in a long time or we’ve never seen the movie, had to invite everyone to the party and that kind of thing. We kept pushing it off.”
“Jamie would’ve been recreated, with a blend of Jamie and a body double similar to 19-year-old Jamie. We had all these ideas. We cast a Loomis double who was our art director because we didn’t want to bring one in. He looked exactly like him.”
“Then there was conversation of utilising footage from the original film and digitally altering it so we got some other interesting elements. All this stuff starts to cost money and when you look at what we’re trying to do, do you need the gimmick? Do you need the exposition? Do you need the setup?”
They would have even inserted the young version of a new character, Sheriff Hawkins [Will Patton], who was a young officer in Haddonfield the night Michael Myers came home. However, we have no less than Carpenter himself to thank for Green not going ahead with this.
“This was Carpenter actually calming me down on set. I’m like, ‘Nobody’s going to know what’s happening and where we’re coming from.’ He’s like, ‘Just trust ‘em and leave ‘em alone and let ‘em figure it out.’”
Halloween opens October 19th.