Some seriously big Halloween news was reported out of this past weekend’s Saturn Awards in California.
Collider caught up with Malek Akkad, who took over the family business and worked on the five most recent Michael Myers films.
The site covered a wide variety of topics and received very candid answers. The biggest news to break is that the upcoming Halloween box set will include the Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers!
“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 also talked a bit how they planned to continue the Thorn plot but Halloween H20 sent them down a new path.
“We did discuss continuing it and, what happened was, we were coming up to the twentieth anniversary and [The Curse of Michael Myers] wasn’t one of the bigger box office hits. So what the studio and I and my father, we got together and said, ‘Let’s do the twentieth anniversary.’ And the only way to do that properly was to get Jamie Lee [Curtis] back. So when you bring Jamie Lee back, it kind of leads to a whole different kind of storyline. It’s focused on the whole, Jamie Lee/Laurie Strode character. So, the Thorn thing faded away with that, but I think that was the right move because H20 was a great movie.”
The writer also talked a bit about Rob Zombie’s remake, and asked about a “rape scene in the hospital” that was deleted out of the final cut of the film.
“It was a bit graphic and we kind of wanted to ride that fine line that, the people that Michael kills, we want to feel for them. So, immediately, the two guys, when they’re… the rape scene. You wanted him to kill them, you start rooting for Michael to kill them. It was that fine line. We wanted it to still be scary and we wanted the kills to still be scary, not root for Michael. I think that was the thinking at the time.”
As for the now defunct Halloween 3D, which is being revived in some unknown capacity, Akkad reveals that they were two weeks away from shooting when The Weinstein Company pulled the plug!
“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.”
Lastly, will the potential Halloween 3D follow the characters from the Zombie franchise?
“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 catch the entire video interview at the above link.