[Movies] Trick 'r Treat Sequel On The Way
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.29.2013
Sam is coming back...
EW.com reports that after a screening of Trck 'r Treat ay Beyond Fest 2013 in Los Angeles' Egyptian Theater, director Michael Dougherty confirmed that he is working with Legendary Pictures on a sequel to the Halloween cult classic. The anthology film was originally set for release in 2007, but was then given a straight-to-DVD release in 2009 with little fanfare, and quickly developed a cult following. Here are highlights of Dougherty's interview:
On how the idea for a sequel happened: "It's funny because when I first dreamt up the idea of making the first film, I thought, 'How neat would it be if we made them a series?' I'm a firm believer that October should be filled with Halloween movies, or horror movies. That's something I remember from childhood. Horror movies and Halloween, they go hand-in-hand. And so the idea was, 'Well we could probably do a Trick ‘r Treat movie every year or every other year, and that it would sort of just be a new batch of stories and characters. And the common link between all of them would be Sam.' Initially that was the plan, and then things changed as the first film had a very delayed, strange journey. I put those dreams on hold for a little while, so it feels good to go back to that initial plan."
On what fans can expect in the story: "There's nothing I can reveal yet. It's still really early in the process, but I can definitely say that we'll be exploring Sam more and maybe getting into some back story of who and what he actually is."
On if the film will keep the anthology format: "Yeah. I love the anthology format. It's something that I think is strangely under-appreciated in the industry. It really puzzles me, because it was a format that reigned supreme for decades. From the 60s into the 70s and the 80s, the 80s being sort of the golden era for the anthology, they were everywhere. There was a point where you had seven different anthology TV shows on the air at the same time, and then multiple anthology films in the theater. And then for whatever reason in the 90s, they just went away. It's almost like some guy smoking a cigar in the 90s flipped a switch and no more anthologies. And ever since then, the status quo in Hollywood has had the mistaken belief that you can't make anthologies. If you try to pitch an anthology TV show or film, it doesn't matter if it's a studio executive or an agent, they'll just tell you, 'Nobody wants anthologies,' or 'Anthologies don't work.' And I find that really frustrating, and I think that's a really limited vision, because anyone who knows and understand horror knows that it's a cyclical genre. What's old becomes hot again in a matter of years."
On a potential release date: "I try not to get caught up on thinking about release dates, because I think that's a mistake Hollywood tends to make is all they're doing is working toward a release date, and sure that can work sometimes, but I think it also forces you to rush things and sacrifice quality just to have a movie out. Obviously we want to release it sometime in October in a future year. [Laughs] We're not going to release it in December."