Ever since the Rob Zombie 2007 reboot and 2009 sequel, the Halloween franchise has remained dormant with the serial killer Michael Myers supposedly being laid to rest. There were attempts for MGM to reboot the franchise in 3-D in 2012 and then the Weinstein Company tried again in 2015 but were halted when Dimension Films lost the rights to the franchise (movie politics is confusing).
However, Blumhouse Productions, the production company behind Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Whiplash, Sinister and Insidious, announced today that they were co-producing the next instalment of the Halloween franchise with Trancas International and Miramax. Not only that, but franchise creator John Carpenter will return to the series for the first time in almost 35 years as an Executive Producer.
Carpenter said during a Blumhouse announcement event;
“38 years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”
Halloween II (2009) co-producer Malek Akkad, who will also return for this new instalment, added;
“Trancas International is thrilled to be teaming up with Miramax on Halloween, one of the most enduring horror franchises in film. 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.”
There were no announcements as to who would direct or star, but Jason Blum, the owner of Blumhouse Productions, stated that his hope is to have John Carpenter score the music, much like he did for the original Halloween movie. He also hoped that the movie could be fast-tracked for a Halloween 2017 release. Blum stated;
“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.”
If the new Halloween movie does land in October 2017, it should meet some stiff competition as Paramount is working on their next Friday the 13th movie with director David Bruckner. You can put money on the fact that the movie will get a Friday the 13th release date and only two months in 2017 have one; January and October. The movie doesn’t even have a finished script yet, so January 2017 seems unrealistic leaving only October. Forget Freddy vs. Jason, Michael Myers vs. Jason Voorhees is something I’d be intrigued to see play out at the box-office if Paramount can get their own rebooted horror icon back on screens.
Also, while it’s great to have John Carpenter back, it’s hard to tell at this stage whether or not he’ll have much creative influence over the project. His name could just be slapped onto the posters of this reboot/sequel/whatever-it’s-going-to-be in order to foster goodwill amongst the passionate horror community.
What do you folks think? Are you glad John Carpenter is returning to the franchise? Who would you like to see direct this new project? And, most importantly, if you could only pay for one movie ticket in October 2017, would you rather see Halloween or Friday the 13th? Sound off in the comments section!
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