After Dimension Films lost the rights to the Halloween franchise late last year, we weren’t sure what the future might hold for Michael Myers. The series has floundered for years after a string of increasingly ridiculous sequels, and even though Rob Zombie breathed new life into the horror icon with his remake of the original film, his subsequent follow-up killed any momentum that he helped create.
But last night, in an exclusive event at the Blumhouse offices in Los Angeles, horror mega-producer Jason Blum announced that his company would team with Miramax and Trancas International Films to bring a new Halloween film to the big screen – with franchise creator John Carpenter serving as executive producer.
Bringing Carpenter onboard in a creative capacity seems like a huge step in the right direction, and the horror icon seems eager to right the wrongs of the recent installments:
“HALLOWEEN needs to return to its traditions. I feel like the movies have gotten away from that… Michael is not just a human being; he’s a force of nature, like the wind. That’s what makes him so scary.”
Blumhouse has given us some of the best horror movies of the modern era – not to mention some of the most successful – and their low-budget approach is a perfect fit for the Halloween series. Even Carpenter himself reckons that a more modest budget should help return the series to its roots:
“We made the original HALLOWEEN for very little money. At heart it’s just a good, scary story, and that’s why it works. 38 years later, I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all.”
Not only will Carpenter be guiding the creative vision of the new Halloween, but Blumhouse says he’s also in negotiations to compose the music, as well. The original Halloween theme is one of the most iconic pieces of music in the history of cinema, and the idea that Carpenter might also be crafting new material gives me goosebumps. If there’s anyone who can get the Halloween franchise back on track, it’s the man who created it in the first place. As a tremendous fan of the original film, and of Carpenter’s work in general, I’m incredibly excited to see what happens with this endeavor.
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