I’ve been avoiding interviews at the Sundance Film Festival because I’d rather just see a bunch of movies while I’m here. But I couldn’t turn down the chance to talk to a couple of choice people, one of whom was Bill Hader, who is here with (the exceptionally great) Adventureland. I ended up chatting with Bill for almost a half hour, and we talked about a ton of stuff. We started talking about horror and slasher films, and Bill dropped a bomb on me: he and Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich have written a slasher movie for Judd Apatow.
What would an Apatow-produced slasher film from Rich and Hader be like? Says Bill: ‘It’s partially Straw Dogs meets
Halloween meets Home Alone meets Monster Squad.’ It’s hard to argue against that.
‘I don’t know if it’s even going to get
made,’ Hader told me. ‘Judd met with us and said “I want to do a horror movie with you. I want to see you in a slasher movie.”‘
The film will be a horror comedy, and while Hader danced around giving away too much, he did describe it to me like this: ‘It is definitely about guys nowadays, that idea
that you watch fucked up shit on TV, how violence in our culture – this
sounds really hoity toity – you watch fucked up reality shows, I love
true crime shows. The idea of that thing coming to your house, and what
do you do? I would shit my pants. That’s basically what the movie is
about. What if that guy decided to come to your house? What would you
and your dipshit friends do about it?’
Let’s hope we find out soon.