Jason Blum doesn’t want you to call the new Halloween movie a reboot. It’s a reinvention, and to confuse the two terms is to water down the experience.
In a video interview with Variety, he says:
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.
Fair enough. Blum also touched on the fact that he has enlisted the help of numerous people who aren’t really known for their work in the world of horror cinema.
“I don’t necessarily believe you have to have made a bunch of scary movies to make a good scary movie. I think you have to have made a bunch of good movies.”
Agreed. Later, he states:
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.
The New Halloween film may be the most highly-anticipated genre films of the past decade, so Blum knows there’s a lot riding on this. The involvement of both John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis is huge, and if the film fails, a lot of people are going to be let down. But Blum isn’t worried.
In regards to how he feels the fans will perceive the movie:
I think they will be very happy.
Now we’ll just have to wait and see.
The whole interview can be seen below. It’s an interesting watch; the second half goes into his thoughts on the slasher genre and his Purge franchise.
— Variety (@Variety) July 4, 2018