Thursday, October 8, 2009

Michael Dougherty Planning 'Trick 'r Treat 2'

Its been a good 2 year wait to see Michael Dougherty's love letter to the spirit of Halloween in 'Trick 'r Treat'. The film has just been released on DVD stateside and will be released this side of the pond October 26th and it is flipping brilliant, an instant classic to make a tradition of watching every Halloween. MTV recently caught up with Dougherty who revealed he has plans to make sequels to the film.

If this was any other horror film it would most likely be horrible news but not so with 'Trick 'r Treat', it's just so brilliantly made, we at Flicks News want more Halloween tales. Michael Dougherty had this to say about the future sequel plans:
Yeah, I have to say that the excitement over the past few months of watching the film grow has started to jumpstart some ideas, and I know how the next one ends. If this [DVD release] does become something, if it catches executives off-guard, it might [get sequels]. I would love to do them.

The whole idea originally, for me, was to do one if not every Halloween, at least every other Halloween. Because it’s an anthology film, it lends itself to telling another four stories which would intertwine – but I think you could take the film and explore how Halloween was celebrated in different locations, different time periods, and the one consistent character would be Sam, the mascot.

I know how the next one ends, I know who the main villain would be – let’s just say that there’s a whole contingent of people out there who hate Halloween, who try to convince people that Halloween is a genuinely evil holiday that should be avoided. And I’d like to see Sam go up against one of those types. No, no [it’s not a character from the first film]. I just know the type of character – when I sat down to write ‘Trick ‘r Treat,’ I knew that the final battle would be between Sam and a kind of Scrooge – Brian Cox’s character is very much Scrooge for Halloween. I know who that antagonist would be in the next film.

I love the idea of collaborating with new people, so I might be willing to step back and just produce, but then find other writers and directors to work with to take the ball and run with it. I think that would be fun.