When Blumhouse got the rights to make a sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween, one of the top directors they went to was Doctor Sleep & The Haunting of Hill House‘s Mike Flanagan.
And today Flanagan admits that he’s glad he wasn’t hired to direct Blumhouse’s Halloween because he already made his ode to Carpenter’s classic with his 2016 Netflix thriller Hush.
Flanagan tells Bloody Disgusting, “I tried to come up with a take for a minute when Blumhouse got Halloween. The answer to that is, I would do Hush. In a lot of ways, Hush is my Halloween.“
Flanagan adds, “I’m glad that I didn’t and so glad it did not come to me because the only note that I had scribbled over three days of brainstorming was ‘Dr. Loomis a woman?’ That’s as far as I got on Halloween. They made the right call in not trusting the franchise to me.
Finally, he says, “In a lot of ways, Hush was my riff on the beautiful, simplicity, silence, tension, suspense that Halloween is. All of my love for Carpenter’s film is poured into that. If Hush didn’t exist, and I was doing Halloween, it would look a lot like Hush.”
If you didn’t already know, Hush centers on a deaf writer living a solitary life out in the woods who must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.
Flanagan directed Hush from a script he wrote with Kate Siegel. Trevor Macy and Jason Blum produced and it stars Siegel along with John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, and Emilia Graves. The Newton Brothers provided the film’s score, James Kniest handled the cinematography, and Flanagan edited. Netflix unleashed the Blumhouse flick on April 8, 2016.