What should Universal Studios do with David S. Pumpkins?
September 28, 2017, 1:38 PM ·
Looks like Universal Studios owner NBCUniversal is going all in on David S. Pumpkins.
NBC announced today that it will bring back the character from last season's "Haunted Elevator" sketch on Saturday Night Live for an animated special on the network.
"Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way," according to an industry report.
The half-hour special will run in Saturday Night Live's spot on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 Eastern.
Since NBCUniversal seems ready to make David S. Pumpkins (originally portrayed by Tom Hanks) into a franchise, let's just go ahead and ask the question: how could this fit in a theme park? After all, the original Haunted Elevator sketch was a fairly obvious call to Disney's Tower of Terror ride with a Halloween overlay. So a theme park application is part of this potential franchise's DNA.
The initial thought is that Universal Orlando could use David S. Pumpkins to replace Bill & Ted for its annual Halloween Horror Nights' musical spoof show. An SNL franchise seems overdue in the parks, after Universal Studios Florida built a Jimmy Fallon ride, and the late-night, younger-skewing, irreverent sketch show would a perfect fit for Halloween Horror Nights' demo. Plus, David Pumpkins fits the Halloween theme better than anything else SNL has to offer.
So does this happen? Obviously, the ratings for the upcoming special will determine how enthusiastically NBC orders new David Pumpkins installments. But if this special blows up as much as the original sketch did, NBCUniversal could have a popular new seasonal franchise at its disposal.