Hide the teens, Pumpkinhead will be rising again.
Peter Block, known for his work as executive producer behind the Saw franchise, is getting behind a reboot of the horror franchise that kicked off in 1988.
EW broke the news, reporting that Block has acquired the rights to the franchise and intends to have a reboot in production sometime in 2017.
Makeup effects master Stan Winston directed the original film, which saw Lance Henriksen playing a man who conjures up the titular demon to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers he holds responsible for the death of his son. The direct-to-video sequel Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings was released in ’93, followed by Syfy channel TV movies in 2006 and 2007.
Block, who has teamed up with writer Nate Atkins (S. Darko, When Duty Calls) to develop the screenplay, says he is now on the search for a director.
“[We need] somebody 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,” Block told EW.
“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.”
Promisingly, Block says the reboot will keep the focus on practical effects and the Pumpkinhead creature itself will not be “some amorphous, nebulous, CGI wispy thing.”
While Pumpkinhead isn’t generally considered to be a standout masterpiece of horror, it has gathered itself a strong cult following over the year. Fingers crossed this reboot keeps fans of the original happy while bringing in new audiences to the fold.
We’ll keep you informed.