MGM’s ‘Dark Harvest’ Filming Soon for 2022 Release

Director David Slade’s feature film adaptation of Norman Partridge’s Halloween horror novel Dark Harvest is gearing up to finally begin filming this August, with a new release date pushed to early fall 2022.

Originally scheduled to arrive in theaters in September of 2021, MGM has now set the film to be released one year later, on September 23, 2022. That date comes via the film’s Google listing and has not yet been officially confirmed, but it’s the same weekend originally claimed for this year, so we feel confident it will stick.

It was announced in early 2020 that the film adaptation had found a home at MGM. At that time, it was to be the first big project under MGM’s current Film Group Chairman Michael De Luca, who has previously been behind such horror successes as the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and Seven at New Line. De Luca also wrote and produced 1991’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, as well as the TV series Freddy’s Nightmares.

Understandably delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film is now currently scheduled to shoot between Aug. 16 and Oct. 4 in Manitoba, Canada, according to recent report from Winnipeg Free Press.

David Slade (30 Days of NightBlack Mirror: Bandersnatch) will direct the movie adaptation of Norman Partridge’s 2006 novel from a script by Michael Gilio, who co-wrote Paramount’s forthcoming Dungeons & Dragons film. Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producers thru Matt Tolmach Productions, which is currently hot off the success of the last two Jumanji movies and Venom, which combined have grossed over $2.6 billion.

The book is set during Halloween of 1963 in a small Midwestern town where teenage boys eagerly square off with the butcher knife wielding October Boy, aka Ol’ Hacksaw Face aka Sawtooth Jack. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. One teen, Pete McCormick, knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in the one-horse town. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror – and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy.

We will continue to follow this project closely as it develops. Look for casting news soon.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.