Jason Blum casts doubt over the release of his hotly anticipated Halloween sequel
I, like most other movie fans out there, have suffered while we have been in lockdown because of the coronavirus. Usually, by this time of the year, the summer blockbuster season would be almost halfway through and I’d be eagerly awaiting the next big movie to hit the multiplex or maybe a smaller film that would pique my interest. Sadly though, this year has been all but wiped out to this point. Obviously, I’m not going to complain about my visits to the movies being curtailed by the virus. Human lives have been lost around the world and life is far more important than getting a weekly fix of movie time. But as we start to come out of lockdown, thoughts are starting to turn towards the entertainment we WILL get to see this year. The one film I’ve been looking forward to more than any other is ‘Halloween Kills‘. Everyone knows how much I love Michael Myers and the ‘Halloween‘ movies. I held high hopes that Michael and his film would be spared from the postponement that has hit so many other productions and to keep his October date in the movie calendar. Sadly, It could be that he will miss Halloween 2020 after all.
Blumhouse’s Jason Blum has been fielding questions about the film’s release and the lack of a trailer for it for a few months now. Although there are still four months (give or take a few days) before the film is due to open, there is still no sign of a trailer or any build-up for the film. And now Blum has given an answer in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that doesn’t exactly fill me or the fans with confidence. When asked about the film, Blum simply said:
“Well, we’re trying to get that trailer out and trying to get that movie out before the end of the year. That’s our hope, dream, and plan. We’ll see”
I’m sorry Jason but Michael Myers is in a film series entitled ‘HALLOWEEN‘. The films are set around the date of October 31st or as we know it, HALLOWEEN. It isn’t any good saying the film MAY hit multiplexes’ screens by the end of the year. As soon as the date hits November 1st, HALLOWEEN is over and the winter and Christmas movies start to appear. To suddenly unleash Michael Myers in November or December is too late. I know you are restricted by whats going on in the world but if Michael Myers can’t meet his date in October then (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) it would be better to postpone his next killing spree until October of 2021.
To be totally honest, Jason Blum is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He has a huge movie on his hands with ‘Halloween Kills‘ and he knows it. He also knows that the multiplexes are opening early next month and it isn’t a given that the paying public will flock to see the newest movies so soon after the virus. Social distancing will be in place alongside safety measures but there is no guarantee that another outbreak won’t hit. Also, with Universal’s woes with AMC Theatres regarding the theatrical to PVOD window that has seen the chain ‘ban’ all Universal movies from its theatres, a move that seems to be catching on around the world as other chains are considering their positions regarding Universal Pictures and their output which is coming and Blum has another mountain to climb.
I am desperate to see what Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Nick Castle, and James Jude Courtney have in store for us, the fans this time around. I keep hearing that the film is ‘Bigger, badder and meaner’ and that has me ready to book myself a seat for EVERY screening on opening day. However, with Jason Blum’s optimistic but uncertain comments regarding the film and the lack of build-up for the film, I fear we all may have to wait a year for Michael Myers to come home again.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)