With the news that the Silent Night Deadly Night franchise is getting a brand new reboot in 2022, we caught with producer Anthony Masi to discuss the return of Billy in greater detail.
Tell us how long has the Silent Night Deadly Night reboot been in the works?
The formation of the new producing team happened during the summer of 2021, and the deal with the studio happened within a few weeks after that. We hit the ground running and were fortunate to find a perfect home for the project quickly.
I take it you are big fan of the 1984 original?
SNDN is in my Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies list. I’ve loved it since I was a teenager and watch it a few times every year.
The original film recently had a successful blu ray release through 101 Films, has this success contributed to the title being revived?
No. Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead – the producers of the original SNDN – already had plenty of licensing deals in place before I came along to join the team, and those deals didn’t have anything to do with Orwo Studios acquiring the film rights.
Why do you think now is a good time for another interpretation of the Silent Night…. story?
The original film is close to 40 years old and was pulled by the studio after critical backlash, so the movie never really got a chance to become huge. And since none of the other movies in the franchise ever made a big splash, it’s time to bring it back bigger and better than ever to much wider audience.
How important was it to have the original producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead?
Scott and Dennis created the original SNDN, they are vital to the vision and I’m honored they chose to work with me!
When do you expect to go into production?
We expect to be in production by the end of the year.
Do you think there is scope to have any of the original cast potentially feature in the film?
We are just about to explore all of the casting possibilities, but the short answer is yes!
Is the aim ultimately to create another Silent Night…. franchise with sequels?
Yes. We want this new version of SNDN to be a solid, fun, inspired franchise to entertain horror fans for years to come.
What did you think of the 2012 reboot with Malcolm McDowell?
I thought the film was unsuccessful in its attempt to reboot SNDN. That’s just my opinion!
With Halloween Kills on the way plus Scream (2022), and now Silent Night Deadly Night returning, do you think we are going to experience a mainstream slasher revival?
Look out for the latest news on Silent Night Deadly Night (2022) in the coming months.