‘Saw’ Writers Tapped to “Recalibrate” ‘Halloween’ Film Series

By February 10, 2015
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In 1978, director John Carpenter’s Halloween slashed its way into our nightmares through the force of nature that was Michael Myers: an unstoppable killing machine wearing a spectral white mask that served as a force of nature in the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, terrorizing and killing several people before disappearing into the night. Over the years, Carpenter’s creation has spawned sequels and remakes, with devotees of the original largely feeling that the modern exploitations of the franchise simply don’t match up to the original article. Now, it looks as though a new creative team will be given the chance to make Michael terrifying again.

According to a piece from The Hollywood Reporter, Dimension Films has tapped screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to create a new film in the Halloween series. While the popular Hollywood trend seems to revolve around rebooting classic franchises rather than making sequels to them, THR‘s own sources have gone on record saying that it is not a reboot, nor is it a reimagining: they instead call it a “recalibration,” without offering any specifics as to exactly what that phrase means in regards to the new film’s relation to the previous entries in the series.

The writing pair tapped to bring this new film to life is responsible for writing several films in the Saw series, as well as recently working on an adaptation of he popular God of War video game franchise at Universal. They also worked on an adaptation of the popular 1981 book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is being shepherded at CBS films.

Halloween was most recently rebooted by director Rob Zombie in two films released in 2007 and 2009, respectively, which were modest successes at the box office. For more on this “not-reboot” of the Halloween series as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Black

    Awesome news, the writers of Saw are awesomely twisted people! Would watch their movies, but not invite them to my daughters birthday party 🙂