What a Marvel Storyboard Artist's 'Halloween' Remake May Have Been

September 19, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

Halloween Remake Pitch

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding films that could have been and may never be, especially when it comes to something like Joe Carnahan's seemingly defunct take on Daredevil or Kevin Tancharoen's pitch for The Hunger Games. Now we have another treat in the same vein, as SlashFilm recently debuted a pitch video for a proposed Halloween remake that was turned down in favor of Rob Zombie delivering his divisive new spin on the horror classic. Federico D'Alessandro, head Storyboard Artist and Animatics Supervisor at Marvel Studios (Thor, Captain America, The Avengers), put together an amazing animatic short and keyframes to try and sell his pitch to Platinum Dunes. This should really impress Halloween fans.

Here's the original animatic video and some of the keyframes used to pitch the Halloween remake:

Halloween Remake Pitch - Party

Halloween Remake Pitch - Graveyard

Halloween Remake Pitch - Bedroom

Halloween Remake Pitch - Fire

And here's what D'Alessandro said about this now dead Halloween remake pitch (from YouTube):

"""As a lifelong Halloween fan it would be a dream to direct a reboot of the franchise that's so near and dear to my heart. I created this animatic to show the tone and storytelling that I would bring to the project if I were lucky enough to have that chance. It turned out pretty cool, but unfortunately while I was in the middle of working on it, talks fell through between Platinum Dunes and the Weinsteins, so I missed the boat on that one."

There's some amazing imagery here, to be sure, and I'd actually be willing to see another Halloween reboot with D'Alessandro behind the camera if it happened. Just this gave me chills, so I can't imagine what he can do with a real motion picture. This just goes to show you how impressive a pitch has to be in order to really land a gig directing a studio film, especially one as loved as the Halloween series. Knowing what kind of work D'Alessandro did for Marvel, I'm quite anxious to see if he'll ever get behind the camera for a horror film or something else he's passionate about down the road. We'll have to wait and see. Thoughts?

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  • This nine minute, crudely animated opening is scarier than anything that happened in Rob Zombie's version. The original can't be touched, though.
  • Richie G
    This guy needs to make this film. He did a great job. I don't really like horror movies, but yeah great job
  • ragethorn
    O-M-G! I would give my arms to see this...
  • Jericho
    OH MY!
  • PMarz
    Damn, I love this. BTW, Anyone have an issue watching Youtube videos in Fullscreen right from the FS site? I have to go to youtube to do it now.
    • I believe this was a plugin issue with Firefox. I switched to Chrome and haven't seen it since.
      • PMarz
        Thanks, Matt. It works in IE too. I found a firefox plugin but didn't work
  • jah p
    This was amazing!!I hope D'Alessandro will be signed to direct this reboot! I hate the way Rob Z finished the second one...
  • EricD
    im a huge Halloween fan, but this was so stupid! i want my 9 minutes back, thank god he didnt get his chance. Bored me to death. Even Spongebob has more scary episodes!
    • Jericho
      it was just a storyboard pitch... even said in the title.....
    • ragethorn
      You're not a Halloween fan. You're a fan of garbage.
    • Chris Batty
      I concur. This was indeed stupid. This guy is just a storyboard artist that thinks he can direct. We have way too many of those types in the industry.
  • Ryderup
    When was Platinum Dunes involved with Halloween?
    I'd give Ragethorn's arm to see this. Heck, all two of them! More if he had them!!
  • The Truth
    That was grippingly intense! I can see the true talent here! He should start a campaign to raise money!
  • The Truth
    That was grippingly intense! I can see the true talent here! He should start a kickstarter dot com campaign to raise money!
  • quest
    man...i'm scared, i need to watch scooby doo right now...
  • David Banner
    "As a lifelong Halloween fan it would be a dream to direct a reboot of the franchise that's so near and dear to my heart". It doesn't have to be live action, make 9x10min animated shorts that stick together like episodes forming a movie-I'll buy that!
  • SV7
    Freaking awesome. My hat's off to all those who contributed. Frederico looks like one to watch.
  • Mar-VEL
    Meh. I saw his short film, Collections, and it was way too predictable. Pure waste of time.
    • Joe
      It was Recollections, not Collections. Come on, man! And yes Recollection did suck. Saw the twist coming a mile away.
  • Juniper
    Damn. I really hate his photo-chops. Make it very hard to look at. Didn't care for his other 2D animatics as well.
  • Eric Canete
    That was too long. Very boring. The ending was not creative and cliche. Reminds me of his "original" short film titled Collections. So fraking predictable I was pissed that I even saw it. I don't want to see this guy ever direct a feature. I hate it when storyboard artists think they can direct.
  • django
    This is a prime example of why storyboard artists are not necessarily directors. FAIL.
  • The Collector
    Cute animatic. The guy could definitely use a real director at the helm. Oh sheee, he wants to be a real director. Hmmm yea, don't quit your day job.




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