The story behind Michael Myers’ infamous, emotionless mask in the original Halloween is a story all hardcore fans are familiar with. Originally, “The Shape” was going to wear a latex clown mask, but there were rights issues with the company the produced them. As an economical work-around, the production team scored a Captain Kirk Star Trek mask instead. They tweaked the hear and eyes, drenched the entire thing in a coat of “fish-belly white” paint, and a horror icon was born.
In a recent promotional push for Blumhouse/Universal’s upcoming Halloween reboot, directed by David Gordon-Green, producer Malek Akkad revealed that they hope to rope in Shatner (the actor who portrayed Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series and numerous films) for a cameo. It didn’t happen this time, but they’re still hoping to bring the actor face-to-face with Myers in a future Halloween instalment.
Here’s what Akkad said in a recent interview:
“I think [Shatner] makes light of it. We actually have one of the original impressions of Shatner in our office in L.A., so obviously we’re really grateful to him, and in certain ways we’ve tried to reach out to him (to) maybe do an appearance? Lord knows he’s busy enough with Star Trek stuff… but you never know.”
Halloween slashes into US Theatres beginning October 19th, just in time to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s original Halloween. You can check out the trailer and synopsis below.
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. She now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, Laurie is ready for him.
Words: Josh Millican (@josh_millican)