The Halloween franchise has had a long, storied history and a whole bunch of sequels over the years. Those sequels are of varying quality, but it's largely agreed that Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is right near the bottom of the barrel. However, things could have been a whole lot different, as it was recently revealed that none other than Quentin Tarantino nearly wrote the movie before he became the filmmaker we all know today.
As revealed in the recently released book Taking Shape, Miramax offered Quentin Tarantino the chance to write Halloween 6 in 1994. Ultimately, the Pulp Fiction director didn't end up taking the job, but it got far enough where he kicked around some ideas. In a recent interview, Tarantino opened up about it a bit. Here's some of what he had to say when asked about being offered the job.
"Yeah, yeah, well, way before I'd ever done anything... it would have been if I had done it, I never got hired but it would have been my job to figure out who the guy in the boots is."
"The guy in the boots" Tarantino is talking about is known as the Man in Black. At the end of Halloween 5, a mysterious man dressed in all back who shows up to break Michael Myers out of jail. It isn't revealed who that person was and, as it happens, the team behind Halloween 6, which was directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard, didn't know who it was either. It would have been the writer's job to figure that out.
That ultimately feel on writer Daniel Farrands' shoulders, with Joe Chappelle going on to direct the movie. We come to find out that this man is Dr. Terrence Wynn, who ran the Smith's Grove Sanitarium Michael Myers escaped from in John Carpenter's original slasher classic. Things get weird from there, as the franchise's sixth entry ends up dealing with a crazy cult and goes pretty far off the rails. As Quentin Tarantino explains, he didn't get too far, but he did have a rough idea of how things would start.
"Yeah, I was like, 'Leave that scene where [the Man in Black] shows up, alright, and freeze Michael Myers.' And so the only thing that I had in my mind, I still hadn't figured out who that dude was, was like the first 20 minutes would have been the Lee Van Cleef dude and Michael Myers on the highway, on the road, and they stop at coffee shops and shit and wherever Michael Myers stops, he kills everybody. So, they're like leaving a trail of bodies on Route 66."
That's certainly an intriguing start with a rather high body count. And it almost sounds a little bit like what happens in his Natural Born Killers script with Mickey and Mallory Knox, which was directed by Oliver Stone. For what it's worth, in the same interview, Quentin Tarantino explained that he's not a fan of the Halloween sequels. Though, he has since come around to Rob Zombie's divisive movies. Following the release of Halloween 6, Miramax did a soft reboot of sorts by bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis in for Halloween: H20. Tarantino went on to make Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. This news comes to us via Consequence of Sound.
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing — heck, before X-Men and Spider-Man kicked off the current age of superhero blockbusters — Quentin Tarantino had his heart set on making a Luke Cage film. Though it never happened, the director revealed on a podcast that he had grand plans for one of his favorite comic book heroes and even had a specific actor in mind for the titular role.
The prolific writer/director appeared on Amy Schumer’s podcast via The Guardian and explained that he wanted to make a Luke Cage movie between his directorial debut Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He also explained how that choice caused him to abandon the project after his friends constantly badgered him to choose a different lead.
“Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favourite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.
“What dissuaded me … was my comic-geek friends talked me out of it,” Tarantino went on. “Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would’ve been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. But all my friends were like, ‘It’s got to be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!’ And I go, ‘F*ck that! That’s not that important! F*ck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!’”
In defense of Tarantino’s friends, Wesley Snipes would later land the role of Marvel’s Blade, which arguably set the stage for the onslaught of superhero films to come, so their judgment wasn’t too far off. Lawrence Fishburne did “get in shape in a big way,” however, and thoroughly proved his action star chops as Morpheus in The Matrix, so the Pulp Fiction director was definitely onto something.
Not to mention, he would’ve delivered a Luke Cage movie that featured the same knack for the Blaxpoitation genre that he showcased in both Jackie Brown and Django Unchained. But if you’re hoping Tarantino might still have a Marvel movie in him, don’t hold your breath. He’s still adamant that his next film will be his last, and it’s probably not going to be for the MCU.
Via The Guardian
As of yesterday, only four wide-release movies were scheduled to come out between the beginning of April and end of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic: Artemis Fowl, Candyman, Soul, and The King of Staten Island. As of today, that number is down to three. Universal Pictures has pushed the release date of Candyman, the Nia DaCosta-directed, Jordan Peele-produced “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror movie of the same name, from June 12 to September 25. At least it’ll still be in theaters for Halloween?
Other Universal titles to be shuffled around the schedule include Minions: The Rise of Gru July 2, 2021, Sing 2 December 22, 2021, Wicked TBD, and Praise This, about youth choir competitions, which had the September 25 slot. It’s now undated.
Assuming Candyman — which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Todd — does actually come out on September 25, it will face competition from the likes of fellow horror movies A Quiet Place Part II September 4 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It September 11, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, and Edgar Wright’s “well-directed acid trip” Last Night in Soho, all of which also come out September 25. Stacked day.
Let’s hope it stays that way.
I have a confession: Jordan Peele's Candyman is actually moving to September because Nia DaCosta just bought Skyrim. https://t.co/2WLNNcnoPh