“[If Halloween doesn’t hit theaters next October] you can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off; you can cut my hand off. That’s on the record.”
When studio head Jason Blum made the statement above on September 10th, his Halloween reboot was scheduled to begin filming in November. For whatever reason (or reasons) that start of production was pushed back; it’s slated to begin shooting in South Carolina later this month.
I wonder if Jason Blum is getting nervous?
I’m not a pessimist; I’m not a drama queen or party pooper, and I’m not a psychic. I have, however, been around the block a few times and, in my years, have seen many films fail to meet pre-established deadlines. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but Halloween has been promised to arrive on October 19th, just in time to coincide with the original film’s 40th Anniversary.
If Blumhouse’s Halloween began filming today, that would still only give them 283 more days to produce a finished product. Keep in mind, we’re not talking about an indie; we’re talking about a multi-million-dollar project with literally millions of independent components. It would only take one significant unforeseen hurdle (an injury, and illness, a creative conflict) to add months (even years) to a production’s timeline.
Now, keep in mind the American North-East is currently experiencing brutal weather phenomena, most recently surviving a “Cyclone Bomb” that crippled over half the country. A long-term forecast for South Carolina predicts record low temperatures in the weeks to come. If the production his hit by another powerful storm, everything could literally grind to a halt.
Official Synopsis: “Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
Halloween (directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride) is slated to hit theaters in time for the original Halloween’s 40th Anniversary on October 19th. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle are reprising the roles of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers respectively.
What do you guys think? Is it possible to produce a worthy Halloween film, the last in the enduring franchise, in fewer than 300 days? Do you share my concern that the film won’t be able to meet its established deadline? Should we be sharpening the guillotine for Jason Blum? Sound off in the Comments section!