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Recently, Jamie Lee Curtis gave some comments on 2018’s Halloween, a film that is a sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween. Now, David Gordon Green, the director and co-writer of 2018’s Halloween, has given a roundtable interview at a press day for the movie in Los Angeles and he discussed many aspects of Halloween.
One of the things that David Gordon Green spoke about in this roundtable interview was how much Halloween changed from its inception to the final cut:
“A lot. We pitched it very quickly, aggressively and excitedly, the idea to honor John Carpenter’s original film. We didn’t imagine we’d have the luxury of Jamie Lee Curtis and that journey to explore certain paths.”
“And then, we wondered, how much exposition do we need? How much backstory do people need? Do we need to recite the ending of the original film? A lot of it was just trial and error, exploring it. Until very close to production, the roles and dramatic narratives of Officer Hawkins and Sartain were reversed.”
“And then, we thought, ‘Let’s just try it the other way,’ and all of the sudden, we were like, ‘Oh, this is so much more fun.’ There were those kinds of things. It was very playful, through the production. We’d be rewriting on the weekends, based on actor’s ideas, and keep it very open and organic.”
Jamie Lee Curtis
David Gordon Green also spoke about the initial conversations he had with Jamie Lee Curtis when it came to her possible involvement with this film:
“It was a very quick yes. I was finishing up this movie, Stronger, with Jake Gyllenhaal, and he had put in a good word for me. He told her that I was gonna call her, so I called her and she said, ‘Send me the script.’ I remember that I was very nervous when I talked to her for three minutes, walking down the street in New York City.”
“I ran back to my hotel, emailed her the script, and at 7am the next morning, she called me and said, ‘I’m in.’ Something that I thought was really cool, that she pointed out, was that, at the end of the first Halloween, she was upstairs talking to Tommy and Lindsey, and she’s trying to get them to go across the street and get the cops, and she says, ‘Do as I say.’ She said that was a pivotal moment for Laurie, in her transition from innocent, naive schoolgirl, to empowered, confident authority.”
“She said, ‘I want this movie to be about the ‘Do as I say,’ Laurie.’ I get goosebumps, just thinking about it. It became a cool mantra for us, in the writing. We put it in the script.”
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