Doctor Sleep Director Explains His Halloween Pitch


Earlier this month, Doctor Sleep director, Mike Flanagan, revealed that he had a pitch he'd love to put forth for A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. Now, he's revealed his pitch for another horror classic: Halloween.

In a conversation with Bloody Disgusting, Flanagan announced that he was once approached to direct 2018's Halloween. This film, of course, eventually went to David Gordon Green instead.

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Flanagan said, "I found my notes for that very brief period of time when I was trying to come up with a take on Halloween because [Jason Blum] had said, 'Hey, if you want to do this we can probably figure something out.' I'm glad that I didn't and so glad it didn't come to me because the only note that I had scribbled over three days of brainstorming was 'Dr. Loomis is a woman?' That's as far as I got on Halloween."

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When asked about what his film would have looked like, Flanagan said, "The answer to that is, I would do Hush. In a lot of ways, Hush is my favorite Halloween." He added, "If Hush didn't exist, and I was doing Halloween, it would look a lot like Hush."

Flanagan's current film, Doctor Sleep, has been met with positive critical and fan reaction. Even Stephen King had praise to share, although the film has not been faring too well at the box office.

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon.

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