An exclusive report from Entertainment Weekly, reveals that Saw Executive Producer Peter Block has claimed the rights to the Pumpkinhead franchise and plans to shoot a reboot of the 1988 horror film in 2017!
“Pumpkinhead is one of my favorite horror films of the late ’80s, early ’90s, Stan Winston sits on that Mount Rushmore of iconic filmmakers because of his creature designs, and that was his first directing effort. The creature’s great but the emotional story is wonderful as well. I got the rights to Pumpkinhead, and hooked up with a great young writer called Nate Atkins, and we developed our script, which is really solid.”
Block confirmed that the reboot won’t be an exact remake. He plans on enhancing characters, elevating the setting, but still keeping what made the original film so iconic. Pumpkinhead fans should rest easily knowing that there will still be Easter Eggs, shots, and lines from the original film to establish that giddy nostalgia.
In addition to trying to keep the reboot true to the story, Block also explains that he won’t be utilizing as much CGI. Instead, using as much tangible material and practical effects as possible.
“I am a big proponent of practical effects, That was the great thing about the original. A lot of the films I still respond to most today, it’s because of the practical effects. We think that it’s going to be a nice slow reveal, lots of scares and lots of action in the beginning, and a great creature in the end, which everybody should be able to look at and say, ‘Oh, that’s Pumpkinhead!’ It’s not like you’re all of a sudden going to find that it’s some amorphous, nebulous, CGI wispy thing. You’re going toknow it came from the Pumpkinhead family lineage.”
Block is currently searching for his director to begin shooting in 2017. However, he won’t just give the reigns to anyone.
“[We need] somebody who really understands why the first one is terrific, the emotional beats of ‘Is the revenge you seek worse than whatever befell you in the first place?’ But it’s also somebody that wants to embrace what I think audiences really want these days — a really scary, fun thrill-ride. You get a lot of people who want to be in this genre because they see the commercial opportunities. I’m looking for a director who has a love for the genre and knows how to get those beats for the audience.”
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