Friday, October 5, 2012

Internet Goodness: Awesome animated 'Halloween' pitch

Earlier this year, it was "sorta" confirmed from various film blogs that Dimension Films/The Weinstein Company, the current holders of the Halloween IP, were gonna join forces with Michael Bay's production company, Platinum Dunes to reboot/re-imagine/revive the Halloween franchise.

Fast forward to late September, Federico D'Alessandro, head Storyboard Artist and Animatics Supervisor for most of Marvel Studios recent hits (Thor, Captain America: TFA, The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World), contacted horror film site, Bloody-Disgusting with keyframes (like the one shown above this article) and a animatic video to pitch his idea on what a Halloween reboot should look, act and most of all FEEL.

Mr. D'Alessandro told

"As a lifelong 'Halloween' fan it would be a dream to direct a reboot of the franchise that's so near and dear to my heart," said D'Alessandro. "I created this animatic to show the tone and storytelling that I would bring to the project if I were lucky enough to have that chance." He continued: "It turned out pretty cool, but unfortunately while I was in the middle of working on it, talks fell through between Platinum Dunes and the Weinsteins…so I missed the boat on that one."

Sadly, as Mr. D'Alessandro pointed out in his statement, while both parties loved his take and direction for the franchise, the deal went south and so did the proposal for a PROPER Halloween retelling….for now.

While this deal went sour for some unexplained reason, I hope both parities try once more in the future and give Federico's vision of a Halloween reboot a shot. If not, I still would like to see him give it another try as a new property.

Halloween was directed by John Carpenter and was also written by him, and his ex-wife/producer, Debra Hill. It was released in theaters nationwide on October 25th, 1978 and it not only made Jamie Lee Curtis' career and dubbed her "The Original Scream Queen", but also gave birth to the Horror sub-genre know as the "slasher" genre.

Though their won't possibly be a new installment in the beloved franchise for the foreseeable future (look up on google "Halloween 3D" and you'll see what I mean), the 1978 classic will be re-released in theaters nationwide on October 25th, in celebration of it 34th anniversary.


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