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