The term “reboot” has lost a lot of its charm in recent years. Halloween producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions recently put it best in a video interview he did with Variety. When asked about how the upcoming David Gordon Green film would be approaching the Halloween franchise, Blum stated:
“The way to get people interested is to not reboot. The term makes my hair stand up on the back of my neck. What we’re doing with Halloween is, I guess I’ll use the term ‘reinvention.’ Reboot just sounds so corporate. The way we attacked Halloween was to go after what we’ve done with a lot of other movies. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are not known for horror, Jordan Peele was not known for horror before Get Out, so I think we’ve had a lot of success mixing genres of people. Not the movie, the movie’s a straight, scary movie, so I think we’ve got a very original voice with David Gordon Green and Danny, and having Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter back in the mix to me was the beginning.“
“Corporate” is an excellent way to describe what the term “reboot” has come to mean these days. Personally speaking, I first saw the word being used in 2005 and 2006 in relation to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale. Both were excellent new entries in movie franchises that had seen some noticeable damage in reputation via preceding films and had ejected the canon of old for a fresh start. But it didn’t take long for Hollywood to dive all in on the “reboot” craze and give the term the negative connotation it seems to have today.
As for the current state of the upcoming Halloween film, Blum also said:
“And now, we’re almost towards the end, we’ve almost finished the movie, and I’m super pleased with how the movie turned out. I’m grateful that we’ve brought new voices and the original voices together in a strategic way to make what I think is a terrific movie, and fans will have to tell me if they think so too, but I think they will be very happy.“
I’ve already commented in a previous article about the film about my personal excitement for the new movie and I know other staff members of Revenge of the Fans have expressed a lot of hype and interest for the new Halloween too in other articles and podcasts here on the site. Hopefully that excitement exists far beyond the site staff and even more hopefully that excitement is rewarded with a great film when Halloween hits theaters this October.
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