If you didn’t think much of Rob Zombie’s two Halloween reboots, which focused on why Michael Myers’ white trash family turned him into a babysitter killing psycho and literally being born under a bad moon (apparently), then take heart because the man that started the whole things is coming back. Halloween wasn’t just a very popular horror movie in its own right, but it was seminal and inspirational, kicking off a whole series of slasher films that borrowed the tropes and tricks that it established. So for the 11th film to carry the Halloween name, the production looks to be bringing back John Carpenter, the man who co-wrote, directed and scored the original film back in 1978.
“Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” said Jason Blum in an event last night in Los Angeles. “The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”
Bringing in Blum makes a lot of sense since his production company, Blumhouse, has been at the forefront of the horror genre lately with the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Purge franchises all under its roof. Akkad, meanwhile, is the son of original Halloween producer Moustapha Akkad, and has been involved with every Halloween movie since 1995’s The Curse of Michael Myers, which was also the first Halloween to be released by Miramax’s Dimension Films.
“Trancas International is thrilled to be teaming up with Miramax on Halloween, one of the most enduring horror franchises in film,” said Malek Akkad. “We are also very excited to be working with Jason Blum and the whole team at Blumhouse. Together, along with the return of legendary filmmaker John Carpenter, we are eager to make a film that will be a milestone in the franchise’s legacy and that will excite the fans, young and old.”
“Malek Akkad’s legacy with the Halloween franchise accompanied by Blumhouse’s unprecedented talent in the horror genre lays the foundation of a formidable team to create the next chapter of this iconic fan favorite,” added Zanne Devine, Miramax’s EVP Film & Television. “Having John Carpenter godfather the reboot of the iconic franchise he helped create brings it full circle. We couldn’t be in better company bringing ‘Halloween’ back to the big screen.”
As for Carpenter, this will be the first time he’s been involved in a Halloween movie since Halloween III: Season of the Witch, AKA: the one without Michael Myers, in 1982. Carpenter hasn’t typically been involved with the remakes of this classic films with the exception of 2005’s The Fog, so perhaps he’s aiming to take more of a stake in the franchises with his name on them. “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all,” said Carpenter, who may or may not also be scoring the new film.
No word yet on a writer, director, cast, or release date, but that stuff will obviously be announced in due course. Stay tuned…
Source: Coming Soon