Clark Collis over at Entertainment Weekly broke the scoop that Peter Block, the exec producer on the entire SAW franchise, including the upcoming SAW: LEGACY helmed by the Spierig brothers, is plotting to resurrect PUMPKINHEAD for a 2017 release! Block has acquired the rights to the franchise and is looking for the right director to tackle the remake from a script penned by Nate Atkins.
The original 1988 film marked the directorial debut of FX legend Stan Winston and starred Lance Henriksen in the lead role as Ed Harley, a grief-stricken man who summons up a vengeful demon to seek out and punish the teenagers responsible for the death of his son. Most notable from the original is the amazing creature design for the title creature. It was followed by an unrelated sequel PUMPKINHEAD 2: BLOOD WINGS, and 2 made-for-cable movies PUMPKINHEAD: ASHES TO ASHES and PUMPKINHEAD: BLOOD FUED. This new proposed film will bring things back to the basics.
“PUMPKINHEAD is one of my favorite horror films of the late ’80s, early ’90s,” Block tells 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.”
“(We need a director) who really understands why the first one is terrific, the emotional beats of ‘Is the revenge you seek worse than whatever befell you in the first place?’ But it’s also somebody that wants to embrace what I think audiences really want these days — a really scary, fun thrill-ride. You get a lot of people who want to be in this genre because they see the commercial opportunities. I’m looking for a director who has a love for the genre and knows how to get those beats for the audience.”
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the new PUMPKINHEAD film! It sounds like it’s in good hands.
Block not only produced John Carpenter’s THE WARD, as well as Adam Green’s FROZEN with his A Bigger Boat production company, but he’s had a long history with horror, helping acquire and release some of Lionsgate’s most successful titles including HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, OPEN WATER, CABIN FEVER, THE DESCENT and much, much more. We got to delve in depth with him about his history on episode 9 of our Blumhouse.com produced podcast Shock Waves, as well as hear the story of how the SAW franchise came to be. You can listen to it in its entirety embedded below for your convenience!