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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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments


This nine minute, crudely animated opening is scarier than anything that happened in Rob Zombie's version. The original can't be touched, though.

David Balderdash on Sep 19, 2012


This guy needs to make this film. He did a great job. I don't really like horror movies, but yeah great job

Richie G on Sep 19, 2012


O-M-G! I would give my arms to see this...

ragethorn on Sep 19, 2012



Jericho on Sep 19, 2012



DAVIDPD on Sep 19, 2012


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.

PMarz on Sep 19, 2012


I believe this was a plugin issue with Firefox. I switched to Chrome and haven't seen it since.

Matt Peloquin on Sep 19, 2012


Thanks, Matt. It works in IE too. I found a firefox plugin but didn't work

PMarz on Sep 19, 2012


This was amazing!!I hope D'Alessandro will be signed to direct this reboot! I hate the way Rob Z finished the second one...

jah p on Sep 19, 2012


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!

EricD on Sep 19, 2012


it was just a storyboard pitch... even said in the title.....

Jericho on Sep 19, 2012


You're not a Halloween fan. You're a fan of garbage.

ragethorn on Sep 19, 2012


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.

Chris Batty on Sep 19, 2012


When was Platinum Dunes involved with Halloween?

Ryderup on Sep 19, 2012


I'd give Ragethorn's arm to see this. Heck, all two of them! More if he had them!!

ORPICKANAME on Sep 19, 2012


That was grippingly intense! I can see the true talent here! He should start a campaign to raise money!

The Truth on Sep 19, 2012


That was grippingly intense! I can see the true talent here! He should start a kickstarter dot com campaign to raise money!

The Truth on Sep 19, 2012


man...i'm scared, i need to watch scooby doo right now...

quest on Sep 19, 2012


"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!

David Banner on Sep 19, 2012


Freaking awesome. My hat's off to all those who contributed. Frederico looks like one to watch.

SV7 on Sep 19, 2012


Meh. I saw his short film, Collections, and it was way too predictable. Pure waste of time.

Mar-VEL on Sep 19, 2012


It was Recollections, not Collections. Come on, man! And yes Recollection did suck. Saw the twist coming a mile away.

Joe on Sep 20, 2012


Damn. I really hate his photo-chops. Make it very hard to look at. Didn't care for his other 2D animatics as well.

Juniper on Sep 19, 2012


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.

Eric Canete on Sep 20, 2012


This is a prime example of why storyboard artists are not necessarily directors. FAIL.

django on Sep 20, 2012


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.

The Collector on Sep 20, 2012

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