New 'Halloween' Touts John Carpenter's Return to the Series

New 'Halloween' Touts John Carpenter's Return to the Series

May 24, 2016

Masters of Horror

Last year we heard that Halloween Returns, planned as the next installment in the Halloween horror movie franchise, might employ retrospective revisions (known as retconning) in order to ignore the events depicted in most of the previous installments. Marcus Dunstan (The Collector) was set to direct, based on a script he wrote with his longtime writing partner Patrick Melton.

Now comes word that John Carpenter, who directed and cowrote the original Halloween in 1978, will serve as executive producer for a new Halloween. According to Birth.Movies.Death, producer Jason Blum (The Purge: Election Year) and his company Blumhouse Productions have teamed with Miramax and producer Malek Akkad to make "a new version, one that fixes what Carpenter disliked about Rob Zombie's remake." Carpenter "is dedicated to working closely with the director" and is also in negotiations to compose the musical score.


"Michael Myers is not a character," Carpenter stated. "He's not a person. He's a force of nature. He's one part human and one part supernatural." Blum, whose company is known for making low-budget horror movies, added that the plan is to make the movie for less than $15 million with the goal of releasing it in theaters in October 2017. A director has yet to be hired; it's not clear if the script completed last year by Dunstan and Melton will be used.

As reported by Dread Central, Carpenter added: "The biggest challenge is to be true to the original spirit of the movie. Don’t get carried away. Tell a simple story. Tell it right. The original Halloween was made for very little money and it was a little, scary tale. That’s what we should be doing.”

Carpenter cowrote and coproduced Halloween II and coproduced Halloween III: Season of the Witch, but was not involved in the subsequent seven films. So the upcoming movie will mark his return to the series for the first time since 1982. To be clear, Carpenter will not be writing or directing the movie, but his willingness to help shepherd the production, even in a limited capacity, is a positive sign for the future of the series.

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