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John Carpenter Returning to Halloween Franchise

Horror maven John Carpenter, the legendary award-winning filmmaker and creator of the Michael Myers and Halloween movies, is coming back to the franchise as executive producer on a new Halloween film, Miramax and Trancas International Films announced yesterday

Miramax will partner with Blumhouse Productions to finance the development and production of this new slasher film. Malek Akkad will serve as producer for Trancas and Jason Blum (The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Visit) will represent Blumhouse. Miramax holds the worldwide distribution rights for the franchise. At this time they have not announced a distribution partner but will be in the very near future.

John CarpenterWhen asked about his thoughts on the potential success of yet another sequel, producer Blum pointed out,

“‘Halloween’ is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. 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.

Carpenter hasn’t been involved in the Michael Myers franchise since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. But in discussing his attachment to the project, the director

So… I decided, after bitching for years and years about Halloween sequels, I would come aboard and shepherd this thing,” said the filmmaker. “You know what? We’re probably going to go back to the original tradition that we started. It’s kind of gone astray. I feel like the remakes maybe went off somewhere that I didn’t want them to go.”

The executive producer continued, “Michael Myers is not a character. He is a force of nature. He is not a person. He’s part supernatural, part human. He’s like the wind, an evil wind. If you start straying away from that, and you get into explaining, then you’ve lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in the original direction. 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.”

Miramax and Blumhouse have projected a 2017 release but no date has been confirmed..

 

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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