Written by John Squires
Keep away from Pumpkinhead, unless you’re tired of livin’.
In the wake of one direct-to-video sequel and two that went straight-to-television, we’re excited to share the news today that the Pumpkinhead franchise is coming back to the big screen in the very near future. Entertainment Weekly reports that Saw franchise executive producer Peter Block has acquired the rights to the series and intends on shooting a reboot sometime next year.
Block, who is currently looking for a director, promises a “different experience” from the reboot.
“Pumpkinhead is one of my favorite horror films of the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Block told EW. “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.”
“There is a similarity of theme and a similarity of story,” he continued. “There’s a lot of Easter eggs for people who know the original — iconic shots and iconic lines that we’re going to use. But we’ve enhanced the setting, and we’ve expanded the characters somewhat, to give it a different kind of experience.”
Block also promises a practical effects-heavy reboot.
“I am a big proponent of practical effects,” he noted. “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 to know it came from the Pumpkinhead family lineage.”
The new Pumpkinhead is aiming for a theatrical release.